GMO: It’s Time to Move On.

Cansler Consulting Washnigton DCThe House & Senate have approved GMO labeling legislation and the President will soon sign it into law. While a few legislators were unhappy, this compromise is in the best interest for the country. Republicans and lawmakers from rural states overwhelmingly supported the legislation. Agriculture groups have backed it, hoping it will bring more certainty to farmers who grow genetically modified crops.  According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, U.S. farmers have adopted genetically engineered (GE) crops widely since their commercial introduction in 1996.

About the GMO Legislation

USDA will have two years to write the rules of the new legislation, which will cover foods created with conventional recombinant DNA techniques. It will not extend to plants or other food products created with CRISPR, a new and more precise gene-editing technology. Foods that consist primarily of beef, poultry, pork or eggs will not be required to carry a GMO label, even if they ate feed containing GM corn or soybeans.

As The Hill noted, the initiative would force food companies to “create QR codes that consumers scan with a smartphone to find out if a product contains GMOs.” The aforementioned states require labels to identify goods “produced with genetic engineering.”1

  1. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36749-senate-advances-gm-food-labeling-bill-that-would-actually-weaken-state-rules-exempt-key-products []

Agri-Biotech Summit Nov 18-19

ground analyzingAgriculture, biotech leaders to gather at NCSU for food ‘summit’

Food and agricultural experts from around the nation will join North Carolina peers at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh Nov. 18 and 19 for a wide-ranging discussion of technologies and policies affecting food production.…

Taking the Scary Out of Biotech

Dr. Cathleen Enright

Dr. Cathleen Enright

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

The biotech industry has been taking a pounding on social media, but thinks it is successfully reaching some of its critics now. “GMO Answers,” the industry’s online Q&A forum, which launched a year ago, has fielded 750 questions and answered 650 of them, with the other 100 being reviewed by experts. BIO’s Cathy Enright, who heads the effort, also has been touring the country, giving more than 100 presentations and sit-downs with groups of all stripes.…

Cansler Consulting Opens Office in Gaithersburg, MD

Cansler's Gaithersburg Office

Cansler’s Gaithersburg Office

Gaithersburg, MD – Cansler Consulting has announced the opening of new headquarters in the cradle of agricultural, food, and science and technology industries in Maryland, just outside of Washington DC at 9711 Washingtonian Boulevard, Suite 550, Gaithersburg, MD  20878.

Biotechnological Agriculture Helps Economy

Small farmers make more money with modified seed

Want to Help a Small Farm Prosper? Biotechnology in Agriculture

In 2013 more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries around the globe planted more than 175 million hectares (432 million acres) with scientifically improved seeds that produced high yields of food, feed and fiber.  90% of the those farmers (that’s over 16 Million farmers) who grow biotech crops are resource-poor with farms of less than 10 hectares (a hectare is just under 108,000 square feet or 2.47 acres).1 So a small farmer using modified seeds can increase crop yields as high as 53%.…

  1. source: ISAAA, U.S Embassy []

Are GMO Crops Really Safe?

The answer is: YES.

biotechnology makes crops betterFood from GMOs (genetically modified organisms, or bio-technologically modified crops) is digested into the body the same as any other type of food product including organic and/or non-GM crops. Hundreds and hundred of studies (and those ongoing) demonstrate that improved crops do not present any health risk.1 Before they reach the market, crops from GM seeds are studied extensively to make sure they are safe for people, animals and the environment. Today’s GM products are the most researched and tested agricultural products in history.  Not only do they NOT cause new allergies or cancers, infertility, ADHD or any other diseases, but in the decades that farmers have been growing crops from GM seeds, there has not been a single documented instance of harm to human health resulting from genetic modifications, including new allergic reactions.…

  1. http://gmoanswers.com/explore []

Biotech, Agriculture & Starvation

Biotechnology reduces food pricesPeople seem to think that Biotechnology is a New Science that creates “Franken-maters”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Biotechnology utilizes natural sciences to create solutions for many of the world’s problems, such as fossil fuel shortages, disease and hunger and have been around for millennia.  Biotechnology “dates back to 8000 B.C when the domestication of crops and livestock made it possible for civilizations to prosper. The 17th Century discovery of cells and later discoveries of proteins and genes had a tremendous impact on the evolution of biotechnology.1

  1. http://www.ncbiotech.org/biotech-basics/what-is-biotechnology#sthash.PsoATtxX.dpuf []

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input

EPA RFS Hearing 12-5-13

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input on Authorities Under RFS and Biofuel Marketing

On December 5 officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard from about 140 witnesses consisting of individual consumers, oil companies, convenience store operators, livestock and crop producers during a hearing on their proposal to reduce the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).…

Year 2050: 9 billion mouths to feed?

World Population Graph courtesy of WikipediaAccording to scientists, by the year 2050, the world population will be at about 9 BILLION people. Unless we adjust today’s agricultural and food production methods, this will mean that about 1 BILLION people on the planet will be starving and malnourished.

ANOTHER Population Boom!

In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s there was a great deal of lip service given to the term “population boom”. Families reunited after World War II literally spawned the Baby Boomer generation. In the last five decades the world population has expanded from a few billion to nearly triple at 6.8 billion currently. Projections indicate that number will increase, adding another 2-6 billion in the next 4 decades.…

Ideas for Farm Bill Funding

Below are some ideas on re-directing federal farm bill funds toward 21st century challenges in agriculture:

  1. Streamline the approval processes of biotechnology products – As the world population grows from 6 billion to 9 billion people, if the U.S. is going to effectively compete for this growing market an efficient and effective biotechnology regulatory process will be key to success.…

Are Your Programs on the Chopping Block in the Next Farm Bill?

In mid-April the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a budget resolution (235-193) for fiscal year 2012.  It estimated that the 2012 Budget proposes $178 billion in agriculture program cuts over the next 10 years. While the Budget Committee made it known that the Agriculture Committee will choose what programs to cut, they did suggest:

  • $127 billion in cuts to the food stamp programs,
  • about $30 billion in cuts to commodity programs,
  • about $20 billion in cuts to other programs, and
  • specifically mention conservation programs.

In the U.S. Senate, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) has unveiled a tentative draft that would cut the federal deficit by about $4 trillion over a decade.

Conrad’s draft proposal raises taxes by about $2 trillion and cuts spending by $1.5 trillion. Additional savings of about $600 billion would come from reduced interest payments. Savings of about $900 billion are achieved from defense programs and $300 billion in savings are proposed from non-security spending over a decade. It would also secure about $300 billion in entitlement savings over the decade.

Biotech Congressional Hearing Showcases Need For Reform Pt2

Cansler COnsulting agriculture lobbyistsWhile incoming Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Oklahoma’s Frank Lucas, agreed with Vilsack’s tenor on producers being able to choose their individual cropping system, Lucas stated that the Plant Protection Act, which grants USDA authority to regulate biotech crops, is a pure science statute and that decisions should remain based on sound science.   Moreover, Lucas pressed USDA on their recent consideration of the possible coexistence of herbicide-tolerant biotech alfalfa co-existing with non-biotech fields is “a political objective and is outside the scope of (USDA’s) legal authority.”…

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