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A new report by the World Wildlife Fund finds that biotechnology may be one of the solutions to the global climate crisis and recent economic troubles. The complete report can be read here, as well as an interesting blog posting by Zachary Shahan at Clean Technica.
The Global Harvest Initiative is hosting a symposium today starting at 9:00am that will be broadcast via their webpage, www.globalharvestinitiative.org. Senator Richard Lugar will be delivering the keynote address and some of the interesting topics on the agenda include:
International Food and Agricultural Development: Lessons Learned
The Politics of Agriculture: Breaking the Commercial Vs. Small-holder Myth
Vice Chair, Friends of the World Food Program
The Links Between Food, Agriculture and National Security
President, World Food Prize
A Daunting Task: Projections of the Challenge Ahead
University of Illinois Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy
The Constraints: Addressing Environmental Needs for a Sustainable Future
World Wildlife Fund
The Alternative Future — Enhanced Innovation and Productivity Meeting the Challenges
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Impact of Innovation for Industrialized and Developing Agriculture
Neil Conklin President Farm Foundation
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Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois and Congressman Marion Berry of Arkansas recognized the important contributions Dr. Norman Borlaug made on the world of agriculture on the House Floor on Tuesday. Congressman Shimkus sent his condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of the Father of the “Green Revolution”.
“Dr. Norman Borlaug applied scientific innovation, compassion for the poor and expert knowledge of agricultural practices to develop and introduce groundbreaking technologies that will forever change the prospects of the hungry and impoverished around the globe.”
Video of Congressman Berry’s address and a transcript of Congressman Shimus’ address can be found here.
Michael Le Page explores a number of positive uses of genetically modified organisms in this September 14th article. Le Page praises the use of genetics in boosting oil yields from algae, turning plant wastes into fuel, plants that use nitrogen more efficiently provide the same yields as normal crops with less fertilizer, to genetically modified crops that resist pests and disease.
The article can be read here.