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The Next Great GMO Debate

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Technology Review by Antonio Regalado Deep inside its labs, Monsanto is learning how to modify crops by spraying them with RNA rather than tinkering with their genes. The Colorado potato beetle is a voracious eater. The insect can chew through 10 square centimeters of leaf a day, and left unchecked it will strip a plant bare. But the beetles I was looking at were doomed. The plant they were feeding on—bright green and carefully netted

GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The New England Journal of Medicine by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. Image source: Will Fuller N Engl J Med 2015; 373:693-695August 20, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1505660 Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not high on most physicians’ worry lists. If we think at all about biotechnology, most of us probably focus on direct threats to human health, such as prospects for converting pathogens to biologic weapons or the implications of new technologies for editing

eNews 8.15.15: Ag Gag Bagged, GMO Rice BS, Nanotech Safety – Checked (not)…

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Scotland Bans GMOs

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Scottish Government Contact: Catherine Brown Scotland to protect clean, green status and prohibit GM crops. Growing genetically modified (GM) crops will not be permitted in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced as he moved to protect Scotland’s clean, green status. Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. The Scottish Government will shortly submit

Congress Is Having a Messy Food Fight Over GMO Labeling

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The Verge by Clare Leschin-Hoar The debate over requiring GMO labels is scrambling partisan lines Source: Stu Mayhew Late last month, the House of Representatives delivered a blow to anyone fighting for the right to know if the food they’re buying at the neighborhood supermarket is made using genetically modified ingredients. The bill, officially known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, has been nicknamed the DARK Act by its vocal critics. It