Tag Archives: GMO

Glyphosate damages soil as well as poisoning enviroment

“Anything you put on the land affects the chemistry and biology of the land, and that’s a powerful pesticide,” Iowa farmer Dennis Von Arb said. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/misgivings-about-how-a-weed-killer-affects-the-soil.html?ref=us   His neighbor grows “traited,” or biotech, corn and soy on some 1,500 acres and estimates that his yield would fall by 20 percent if he switched to conventional […]

Agribiz set to takeover Asia with GMO “Golden Rice”

Scientists in the Philippines are weeks from submitting a genetically modified variety of rice to the authorities for biosafety evaluations.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23581877   They claim it could be in the fields within a year. But campaigners say “Golden Rice” is a dangerous way to tackle malnutrition. It has taken scientists more than two decades to boost […]

Monsanto changes strategy to get GMO into EU

Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union. However, it will look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America into Europe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23356054  In Europe there have been concerns about the use of […]

Monsanto receives award for developing GMO

Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, will share the $250,000 World Food Prize with two other scientists who helped devise how to insert foreign genes into plants: Marc Van Montagu of Belgium and Mary-Dell Chilton of the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/monsanto-executive-is-among-world-food-prize-winners.html?hp The crops are shunned in many countries and by many […]

Farmers sue Monsanto over GMO spread

Farmers in Idaho have filed a potentially class action lawsuit against seed giant Monsanto after genetically engineered wheat was found in an eastern Oregon field. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/06/12/us/ap-us-genetically-modified-wheat.html?ref=us  The federal lawsuit Friday contending that Monsanto’s development of Roundup Ready wheat resulted in increased production costs and lowered prices because the genetically engineered wheat is likely to infiltrate […]

Potential GMO spread alarming

Even with extensive precautions, gene-altered plants turn up in unwanted places regularly enough that farmers have come to consider a few of them weeds, and even a threat to their livelihood. Experts say the boom in so-called transgenic crops should prompt even more careful evaluation of future varieties with an eye to the prospect that […]

Monsanto lobbies to kill GMO labeling law

An amendment inserted into the 2013 Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee earlier this month would revoke the ability of individual states’ lawmakers to pass GMO-labeling laws, food advocates warn. http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-20-would-ban-gmo-labeling-laws-state-level-1267629# The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, is the newest salvo in an ongoing battle between food […]

Japan refuses GMO wheat shipped from US

Japan has suspended some imports of wheat from the United States after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/business/global/japan-suspends-some-imports-of-us-wheat.html?ref=us   Japan had canceled orders of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and also of some feed-grade wheat. “In most countries the unapproved genetically modified wheat would be a target of concern. The […]

GMO salmon could endanger wild populations

The potential risks of genetically modified fish escaping into the wild have been highlighted in a new study. The fish, which have been engineered with extra genes to make them grow more quickly, pass on this trait to the hybrid offspring. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22694239  The transgenic salmon are currently being assessed by the US authorities, and could […]

Soylent Green and the In-Vitro hamburger

The hamburger, assembled from tiny bits of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory and to be cooked and eaten at an event in London, perhaps in a few weeks, is meant to show the world — including potential sources of research funds — that so-called in-Vitro meat, or cultured meat, is a reality. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/engineering-the-325000-in-vitro-burger.html?ref=science  […]

GMO opponent kicked off panel

A dietitian working on a panel charged with setting policy on genetically modified foods for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics contends she was removed for pointing out that two of its members had ties to Monsanto, one of the biggest makers of genetically modified seeds. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/business/a-dismissal-raises-questions-about-objectivity-on-food-policy.html?hp  “Perhaps it is possible for someone who works […]

Whole Foods admits selling GMO food

Genetically modified ingredients are deeply embedded in the global food supply, having proliferated since the 1990s. Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States, for example, have been genetically modified.”…these food products are somehow different or present a special risk or a potential risk,” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/business/grocery-chain-to-require-labels-for-genetically-modified-food.html?pagewanted=all Labeling is already required in the European […]