Report says ‘biotech crops help farm income rise $78 b’

A new research, conducted by the UK-based PG Economics Limited, has claimed that the use of biotech crops had resulted ...

Scientists uncover mechanism by which plants inherit epigenetic modifications

During embryonic development in humans and other mammals, sperm and egg cells are essentially wiped clean of chemical modifications to ...

New GM African cassava resists devastating viruses

Plant scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new African cassava preferred by consumers and farmers that is resistant to ...

Scientists smell a rat in fraudulent genetic engineering study

Last week French microbiologist Gilles-Eric Séralini and several colleagues released the results of a long-term study in which rats were ...

UK: Modern genetics applied to 19th century potatoes

Researchers led by Professor Bruce Fitt, now at the University of Hertfordshire, have used modern DNA techniques on late nineteenth-century ...
Are GM foods safe? Opponents are skeptical

Are GM foods safe? Opponents are skeptical

Are the emotionally charged, politicized discourse on GMOs mired in the kind of fever swamps that have polluted climate science ...
Flawed GM corn study fallout: Russia suspends import of Monsanto corn

Flawed GM corn study fallout: Russia suspends import of Monsanto corn

In what can only be described as a hysteria-driven reaction, the Russian government has "temporarily" suspended the import of a ...

New Zealand may reverse its stance on GMOs

The debate of whether New Zealand should grow genetically modified crops could be shifting away from the anti-GM stance the ...

GMOs and junk science: Pro-GM supporter questions latest study condemning GMOs

In some ways it’s remarkable that Rachel Carson is still controversial, as we’ve been reminded by this month’s 50th anniversary ...

American Medical Association reiterates support for GM technology

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a statement reiterating its position on genetically modified crops. It continues to recognize the ...

Genetically engineered rice: Protection from arsenic?

In an article this week, Consumer Reports is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for how ...
Scientists question new rat study, GMO debate rages on

Scientists question new rat study, GMO debate rages on

The headlines on the press releases that started showing up yesterday, here at The Salt certainly got our attention. Just ...

GM crops may not resolve food crisis, scientists say

Genetically modified (GM) crops have so far been promoted as the 'breakthrough' technology that will help resolve food insecurity in ...

Transgenic tomato withstands bacterial spot, yields more fruit

When a gene from bell and hot peppers is inserted into tomatoes, it not only imparts resistance to bacterial spot—a ...

Whole Foods endorses genetically modified food labeling measure

Whole Foods Market, the upscale seller of organic products and other "natural" foods, has endorsed a California initiative that would ...

Does GM corn cause cancer? A flawed study fails to convince

Last week a scientific paper appeared that reported that eating genetically modified (GM) corn causes cancer in rats. Specifically, the ...

India: Parliamentary panel seeks stopping of trials of GM seeds

A Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, which examined in detail the prospects and effects of cultivating genetically modified food crops, sought ...

Noted European scientist defends embattled maize GM study

Scientists have hit back against the criticism levelled at the research linking the world’s best-selling weedkiller and a strain of ...

Under controlled: Why the new GMO panic is more sensational than sense

A new toxicology study states that rats eating genetically modified food and the weedkiller Roundup develop huge tumors and die ...

Internationally known scientist stands up for GM crops

Dr Peacock says one of his big disappointments is the way GM food crops have been represented as harmful to ...

GM corn could soon be used to make drugs

Genetically modified corn could soon be used to mass-produce the enzymes used in rare-disease therapies, according to new research ...
Media manipulation by anti-GM scientists and NGOs

Media manipulation by anti-GM scientists and NGOs

The controversial study purportedly documenting the dangers of GM corn continues to come under fire--not from industry critics but from ...
Genetic Literacy Project cited in Maui debate over GM labeling

Genetic Literacy Project cited in Maui debate over GM labeling

Are genetically engineered food products safe? And, should such products be labeled to give consumers informed choices? Those questions hung ...

Kenya emerges as hub for bio-tech in east African region

Kenya has emerged as a leader in the development and use of biotechnology in the east and central African region ...

As corn withers, biotech companies focus on drought-tolerant crops

The worst U.S. drought in half a century is withering the nation’s corn crop, but it’s a fertile opportunity for ...

Spain: Genetic study will help produce better quality melons

Producing better quality melons with guaranteed results before planting; this will be possible thanks to the "Melonomics" project, involving several ...

Growing better poplars for biofuels

It took mankind millennia of painstaking trial and error to breed hardier, healthier food crops. "We can't wait that long ...
Prop. 37: Another example of the perils of the initiative process?

Prop. 37: Another example of the perils of the initiative process?

Love it or hate it, the one thing you can say for sure about California's ballot initiative process is that ...