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Agricultural Biotech

Innovation is essential to promoting human health, agricultural productivity, and ecological sustainability. In the area of agricultural biotechnology, ITIF supports advances in plant and animal biotechnology to increase agricultural productivity and sustainably boost production of food, feed, and fiber.

May 9, 2022

Ukraine, Food Security, and Biotechnology

Russian aggression in Ukraine means “hunger will haunt the world.” Recent increases in our understanding of biology have given us the most powerful tools we’ve ever had to address the challenges we face. But they are impeded by regulatory policies driven by fear rather than informed by science and experience.

May 8, 2022

Salmon Salvation? The Promise of Biotechnology in Aquatic Conservation Biology

Wild salmon are in trouble worldwide. Many Pacific and Atlantic populations have disappeared or declined to record lows. But recent advances in biotechnology can play an important role in conserving wild salmon while simultaneously increasing the availability and quality of farmed salmon—an important and valued food for humans with enormous cultural significance.

March 11, 2022

Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation in Biotech Policy—A US Perspective

There are multiple opportunities to advance solutions to major societal challenges by fostering transatlantic cooperation in biotech policy. But developing and applying them will require a return to science-based regulation that advances safety while enabling, not deterring innovation.

December 20, 2021

The Year in Biotech: Rays of Hope in an Annus Horribilis

At the same time that biotechnology advances are reshaping tools for public health and medicine, we see no less momentous innovations in other fields. Almost no sector is untouched, but the greatest flowering to date has arguably been in agriculture.

November 29, 2021

Biotech Innovation: The Low-Hanging Fruit They Missed in Glasgow

Biotechnology cannot solve the whole climate problem on its own, but unlike nuclear fusion, which has been “30 years off” for the last 50 years, bioengineered innovations have already transformed agriculture. With gene-editing, doubling agricultural productivity by 2050 is well within reach.

November 15, 2021

Gene Editing Promises to Make Human Industry Sustainable

The major limitation on what gene editing might accomplish would seem to be the power of human imagination.

November 5, 2021

A Book Reviewer Tried Telling Spooky Monsanto Stories for Halloween. He Sounded Foolish

The latest book in the heavily populated “Monsatan” genre apparently adds little or nothing to the many similar tomes that have gone before, and given its late arrival is of dubious relevance. But a review of it in The Washington Post perpetuates a host of imaginary monsters that deserve to rest in peace.

September 23, 2021

How Sri Lanka’s Organic Decree Created Trouble in Paradise

Regardless of President Rajapaksa’s motives, the logic of his decree banning imports of fertilizers and pesticides is flawed, and if not reversed will only deepen the misery of a population served by a battered economy and plagued by decades of bloody political unrest.

March 31, 2021

How the Biden Administration Can Accelerate Prosperity by Fixing Agricultural-Biotech Regulations

The Biden administration has a rare opportunity to accelerate agricultural innovation and spur broad and lasting economic growth by taking a handful of discrete regulatory actions that would update longstanding policy that has enjoyed strong bipartisan support.

January 11, 2021

Podcast: The Dangerous Campaign Against Genetically Modified Foods, With Val Giddings

Rob and Jackie talk about the unfounded fears surrounding GMOs with L. Val Giddings, senior fellow at ITIF and leading expert on policy relating to biotechnology innovations in agriculture and biomedicine.

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