“The label isn’t actually educating the consumer—it’s only telling you what’s in it,” said nutritionist Leah Flure on a recent episode of the Illinois Farm Bureau Partners podcast. “I think we’re missing that piece of educating the consumer.”
The label does not explain that science shows “bioengineered food is just as safe as their non-engineered counterparts,” or that bioengineered foods “can decrease the needs for chemical inputs,” Flure said.
Biotechnology’s achievements are already improving the industry’s image,said BIO’s Sarah Gallo: “If COVID has done nothing else it has exposed us to the role that science plays in our everyday life and the way that science can help us tackle some pretty monumental challenges.” Along with improving health, bioengineered foods are allowing improvements in nutrition.
Along with consumers and the climate, this activity benefits farmers: “Farmers still are at the base of a lot of this innovation because so many of the feedstocks are agricultural in nature,” Sarah Gallo added. It’s another example of the “intersection between climate activity solutions and keeping a lot of economic activity happening in rural America.”
USDA: United States Advances Agricultural Innovation at Inaugural AIM for Climate Ministerial "At the first Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) ministerial meeting in Dubai today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack underscored the importance of joint international action and investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation, calling on AIM for Climate partners to continue on their ambitious path towards addressing global climate change and hunger challenges."
Axios: The green talent gap is widening “Demand for ‘green talent’ is expanding across all industries—not just in what we think of as environmental sectors—but there aren't enough workers with the skills to fill those positions, according to new research from LinkedIn.”
The Hill: Plastic pollution is exploding while policies to address the problem remain weak “But the reality has become much more like the three B’s—plastic is buried, burned, or borne out to sea. The impacts on Americans’ health, particularly in communities of color and low-income communities, are serious,” said Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
Dr. Yvonne Greenstreet is the CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals—one of six women worldwide heading a pharmaceutical company worth over $5 billion. She’s a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the Discovery Council of Harvard Medical School.
Severe COVID-19 increased risks to the heart—yet another reason to get vaccinated. (The study authors acknowledge the observational nature of the study means the numbers may not be precise, but they do indicate a connection.)
February is American Heart Month, a time to think about how we can keep our hearts in good shape. You can take steps to prevent heart disease by understanding your risks, getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and engaging in healthy habits like exercise and stress management—learn more.
Monday, February 28 is Rare Disease Day, raising awareness of the 7,000 rare diseases that impact over 300 million people globally. The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is sharing partners’ and supporters’ reasons and motivations for engaging in rare disease advocacy.
“For rare disease patients and their families, finding treatments and cures becomes the most urgent cause of their lifetimes,” says Steven A. Grossman, HPS Group, LLC. “As advocate and educator, NORD has always been there for them and always will be.”
“Once I started making videos on the internet, one of the things I touched on was the experience I had when I got diagnosed. And I got reached out to by so many parents and people who are going through the same thing or similar to what I’ve been through,” says actor and influencer Adam Rose. “There is a comfort that I get and a comfort that they get knowing that someone else out there with the same condition is thriving and living life to its fullest.”
President Biden’s Wednesday: Nothing major on the schedule yet, though expect the crisis in Ukraine to continue to dominate headlines. Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA “is committed to increasing the use of biofuels,” per Reuters, though targets have not yet been finalized.
What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: Still in recess.