The American Soybean Association (ASA), as part of the larger U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), sent a letter this morning to leadership at Dannon in response to the company’s recent pledge to eliminate the use of safe and proven agricultural biotechnology to feed the dairy cows that supply milk for its yogurt products.Together with fellow USFRA members, ASA in the letter urged Dannon and other food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary. Dannon is one of several prominent food manufacturers and retailers that in recent years have taken steps to eliminate genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs) from its supply, claiming that such a move improves the sustainability of its products.In the letter, the groups argued that Dannon’s strategy to eliminate GMOs “is the exact opposite of the sustainable agriculture that [Dannon] claim[s] to be seeking. [Dannon’s] pledge would force farmers to abandon safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over the last 20 years while greatly reducing the carbon footprint of American agriculture.”“Just as every one of our farmers believes strongly in sustainable biotechnology, we also believe in the competition of a free market,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del,“But Dannon isn’t competing in good faith; Dannon is making false marketing claims to boost the sale of its products. We can’t afford to stand by and allow this technology to be further denigrated by untruthful claims like Dannon’s.”During the last 20 years, advancements in agricultural technology have allowed farmers to use less pesticides and herbicides, fossil fuels, and water, and prevent the loss of soil to erosion. Taking away this technology is akin to turning back the clock and using outdated technology to run a business. Additionally, numerous studies over the last 20 years prove the safety of GMO food and the environmental benefits of growing GM crops, and most recently, 109 Nobel laureates announced their support of GMO technology.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Silversea Cruises has announced that guests will be able to book from Monday, 2 November 2015, for its new flagship, Silver Muse, which begins sailing in April 2017.The new ultra-luxury, boutique ship, with just 286 suites, will make its maiden voyage from Monte Carlo to Nice at the start of the 2017 season. The 13-day sailing will depart on 20 April 2017 and arrive in Nice on 3 May 2017, stopping at ports including Barcelona, Valletta, Amalfi and Sorrento.Before the maiden voyage, there will also be an Easter voyage, departing Monte Carlo on 10 April 2017 for an 8-day début sailing, taking in destinations including Porto Mahon, Livorno and Portofino, arriving in Monte Carlo on 18 April 2017.During 2017, Silver Muse will sail throughout Europe, Canada, North and South America as well as the Caribbean, taking in over 130 destinations in 34 countries.Silver Muse can accommodate up to 596 guests, who will experience fine dining at sea, with eight restaurants amongst which include Atlantide, La Terrazza, Hot Rocks, Kabuki and Regina Margherita.“We are creating the ultimate boutique ship at sea. Silver Muse isn’t trying to be the biggest, far from it, but we are aiming to deliver the finest tailor-made service on every continent,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea. “I can assure guests that they will be missing out if they don’t book a voyage on Silver Muse for 2017.”Go back to the e-newsletter >