Will Obama deliver on campaign promise of GMO labeling?

The stance of the Barack Obama administration on genetically modified foods (GMOs) has been under great scrutiny for many years, ...

Thanksgiving: Millions will celebrate with a turkey that could never exist in nature

They will carve a bird with an oversize breast and legs too puny for walking. After more than a half-century ...

Why did Prop 37 fail? It wasn’t just the money

Michele R. Simon, a lawyer and paid writer and spokesperson for the Yes on 37 campaign argued that it lost ...
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Anti-GM corn study reconsidered: Séralini finally responds to torrent of criticism

We are now two months into L'affaire Séralini—the publication of a maize rodent study by French scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini and ...

How did “biotechnology” become a dirty word?

How did the word biotechnology become so dangerous? Mention it in a group and people look at you with suspicion ...

Genetically Modified: two words worth $45 million

Despite significant popular support for the labeling of genetically modified foods in recent polls, when it came time to vote ...

The genes we eat: a conversation

Many worry that genetic advances could result in risks to our health and the environment—concerns that surfaced again in the ...

What will it take to convince people GM foods are safe?

Genetically modified foods are a hot button issue for a lot of people. Just a few weeks ago, California voters ...

GM labeling fight goes to Washington State

The next stop for the GMO labeling movement is Washington State, where I-522 (also known as "The People’s Right To ...

What’s in store for food reform in Obama’s second term?

When Obama was first elected, food reformers dreamt big. As Michael Pollan wrote just after the 2008 election in his ...

Australia grapples with GM wheat

Last month, a group of Australian scientists published a warning to the citizens of the country and of the world ...

Food movement loses battles but will win war

While support for GE food labels has never been stronger, the incessant drumbeat of misleading and outright false industry advertising ...

North Dakota protects “modern” agriculture

Voters in heavily agriculture-dependent North Dakota became the first to enshrine the right to farm in their state constitution, a ...
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What’s next for the anti-GM food movement?

The reflections and recriminations over the rejection of California’s Proposition 37 is in full swing. The measure was soundly defeated, ...
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Goldfish Crackers targeted in ‘natural’ lawsuit in wake of Prop 37

While Prop 37 did not pass, the failure to disclose the presence of GMOs in foods that are marketed as ...

GMO labeling efforts change course after California defeat

The failure on Tuesday of a California ballot initiative that would have mandated labeling of genetically modified foods is not ...

The Monsanto fallacy

It’s my favorite new logical fallacy, the “Appeal to Monsanto”, the world’s largest producer of biotech agriculture seeds. This is ...
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Organic versus inorganic: an important distinction, but not for obvious reasons

The distinction between organic and inorganic -- natural versus unnatural -- carries massive cultural, historical, and social freight, as demonstrated ...
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International approvals slow for biotech crops

The global market for biotech crops will continue to be fractured unless international approvals are harmonized.Each nation has its own ...

Scientists cheer death of Prop 37

Scientists, on the whole, are pleased to see Prop 37 fail this week. This blog post from SciAm explains the ...

Call to arms from Grist in wake of Prop 37 loss

Despite the defeat of Prop 37, the food movement is being urged to keep fighting the good fight. Grist, in ...

Sheep breeders at the “cutting edge” of genetics

Agriculture and animal husbandry have strong ties to the history of genetics -- Darwin, after all, relied heavily on evidence ...

Six-year study of salmon genetics represents “a model of stakeholder participation”

A massive study of salmon genetics undertaken in Alaska over the last six years is notable both for its sheer ...
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Scientists respond to controversial Séralini maize study

The fallout continues over the questionable study by French molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini of rats fed genetically engineered rice. Food ...
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Is organic agriculture “affluent narcissism?”

"Eating organic" has achieved almost cult-like status. Yet it rife with internal inconsistencies and seems to be a choice only ...
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Genetics at center of several “battlegrounds” in next 4 years

In the wake of Obama's victory, Wired takes a look at the battles to come in the next four years ...

Mapping the chocolate genome: hope of improved cacao plants

Mark Guiltinan is a professor of plant molecular biology in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences ...

Despite defeat, Prop 37 proponents will keep fighting

Despite losing the popular vote by six percentage points, the Proposition 37 campaign, which fought to require California labeling of ...