In an article published by Food Safety News, Kerry Phillips, Dietician from the International Food Information Council, compares the benefits of food technology to the benefits of mobile or electronic technology that consumers have readily embraced. She points out that while the benefits of food technology are well-documented in scientific literature, skepticism remains because the tangible benefits are less apparent. “As new food innovations and technologies continue to emerge and evolve, communicators have the opportunity to demonstrate that technology in food cannot only make our food safer and more nutritious, but more affordable, convenient, and better-tasting.” Read More.
North Carolina Growers Say Biotechnology Jobs Help Rural Economy
According to Southeast Farm Press, a meeting of growers in North Carolina illuminated the employment opportunities generated by agriculture biotechnology. Norris Tolson, president and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, explained, “At a time when the country was mired in a recession and unemployment topped 10 percent in many Southeastern states, jobs in biotechnology in North Carolina increased by 6.3 percent. Jobs in the biotechnology world in North Carolina pay an average of about $30 per hour.” Tolson added, “The agriculture sector and biotechnology jobs in rural areas of the state can be a tremendous economic shot-in-the-arm to our rural economy.” Read More.