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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Resistance to Bt Genetically Modified Crops found in 5 major pests

Sep 20, 2013
Photo Credit: Clinton & Charles Robertson

Photo Credit: Clinton & Charles Robertson

Since the introduction of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) into genetically modified (GM) crops in 1996, scientists have feared that the widespread of use of Bt would spur rapid evolution of resistance in pests.  Now, with over a billion acres of Bt corn and cotton, researchers Bruce Tabashnik, Thierry Brevault, and Yves Carriere, examine the biological reality of these fears in their study “Insect resistance to Bt crops: lessons from the first billion acres”, which was recently published in Nature Biotechnology.

The study examines 77 studies from 5 continents that monitor Bt crop data for resistance, and finds cases of field-evolved resistance to Bt crops in five of the 13 major pest species examined.  This means that resistance is developing rapidly in some species, because in 2005 only one pest was documented as having developed Bt resistance.  The researchers hope that these results will encourage a proactive on resistance development in the future.

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