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February 20, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • U.S. soybeans hit hard by 2012 drought
    U.S. soybean yields declined by 5% as a result of the 2012 drought, which affected more than 80% of the nation's agricultural acreage. Kansas soybean yields declined by nearly 30% from recent harvests, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Guardian (London) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Commentary: U.S. can provide enough grain for food and fuel
    The debate of food versus fuel continues despite data that indicates livestock feed production, exports and ethanol production are increasing, according to this commentary. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's long-term farm sector forecast indicates that U.S. grain production can support the demand for livestock feed and biofuel, Jim Lane writes. BiofuelsDigest.com (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA extends comment period for biotech salmon
    The FDA extended until April 26 the public comment period for AquaBounty Technologies' biotech salmon, which grows twice as fast as traditional fish, after receiving nearly 30,000 responses so far. The agency will evaluate the comments and consider how to proceed, FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said. Preliminary assessments said no major environmental impact was posed by the fish. Canada.com/The Canadian Press (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Discovering fake olive oil through lasers
    A laser created to scan space gases for isotopes may be repurposed to detect fake olive oil and other substances. The compact device, invented by Britain's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, can be used to identify a food's carbon fingerprint, which shows up in the carbon dioxide released when a small amount of the food is burned. Wired.co.uk (U.K.) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Inform free features
    Consumer concerns about the safety of traditional preservatives used in creams, lotions, and other personal care products have created a substantial market for "natural" preservatives derived from plant sources. There are many definitions of 'natural"; whether natural preservatives are safer than their traditional counterparts is still under debate. Read about the "preservative wars" in this month's first free article from Inform, the AOCS member magazine. The second free article is an excerpt from February's Biotechnology News department. It details work being conducted by CSIRO researchers, who recently published results showing that the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA can be produced in land plants in commercially valuable quantities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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