Anti-GMO claim: Big Ag controls farmers through seeds patents -- here's the reality

Anti-GMO claim: Big Ag controls farmers through seeds patents — here’s the reality

Farmers have a wide range of choices for seeds, including conventional and GMO. And most, for economic and performance rather ...
Banana wilt, GMOs and Food Evolution: Behind the scenes in Uganda profiling desperate plight of poor farmers

Banana wilt, GMOs and Food Evolution: Behind the scenes in Uganda profiling desperate plight of poor farmers

Despite claims by anti-GMO activists who say crop biotechnology mostly benefits big corporations, African farmers and poor people are the ...
Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

An old myth has resurfaced that a GMO almost destroyed all life on Earth — but what's the real story? ...
Ideological hypocrisy? Environmentalists once supported land-based aquaculture—until it included genetically modified fish

Ideological hypocrisy? Environmentalists once supported land-based aquaculture—until it included genetically modified fish

The flip-flop by Food and Water Watch and other advocacy groups rests not on environmental or science-based concerns but on ...
Ecomodernist podcast: Food Evolution film about 'confirmation bias' in foodie and anti-GMO community

Ecomodernist podcast: Food Evolution film about ‘confirmation bias’ in foodie and anti-GMO community

One of the more surprising reactions to the documentary--and disappointing to scientists--came from organic and agroecology supporters who called it ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

A new study being peddled by anti-GMO activists suggests that table vinegar may be equal or superior to advanced breeding ...
When genetic engineering is the environmentally friendly choice

When genetic engineering is the environmentally friendly choice

The newest generation of genetically engineered crops, using CRISPR gene editing, can help farmers fight pests with only minimal changes ...
Vitamins, nutrients can be harder to find in organic, non-GMO foods

Vitamins, nutrients can be harder to find in organic, non-GMO foods

Supply chain issues -- and restrictions imposed by anti-GMO groups -- may be responsible for what appears to be a ...
Viewpoint: Activists fuel public's disconnect from modern agriculture—and it hurts farmers

Viewpoint: Activists fuel public’s disconnect from modern agriculture—and it hurts farmers

Farmers are increasingly frustrated and dispirited by the demands and unrealistic expectations of food advocacy groups and activists such as ...
Food Evolution interview: Could 'pro science' documentary inspire a pro-GMO food movement?

Food Evolution interview: Could ‘pro science’ documentary inspire a pro-GMO food movement?

Food Evolution director Scott Hamilton Kennedy talks with the Genetic Literacy Project about the film's funding, and challenges the "ruthless ...
Food Evolution director Scott Hamilton Kennedy: 'I wanted to reset the debate' over food and farming

Food Evolution director Scott Hamilton Kennedy: ‘I wanted to reset the debate’ over food and farming

Oscar-nominated director talks with the Genetic Literacy Project about the reaction his documentary has received, both from GMO critics and ...
Can genetic modification turn annual crops into perennials?

Can genetic modification turn annual crops into perennials?

One of the ways we could increase yields--and improve sustainability--would be to convert key grain crops into perennials, allowing them ...
Behind the NY Times glyphosate fiasco: Why anti-GMO activists turned on Ben & Jerry's

Behind the NY Times glyphosate fiasco: Why anti-GMO activists turned on Ben & Jerry’s

The pile-on against Ben & Jerry's — "outed" for having traces of glyphosate in its ice creams — seems like ...
Herbicide-tainted Ben & Jerry's ice cream? NY Times falls for anti-science group's dubious attack on glyphosate

Herbicide-tainted Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? NY Times falls for anti-science group’s dubious attack on glyphosate

The Organic Consumers Association uses junk science testing organization to claim ice cream contains trace parts-per-billion of glyphosate—at least tens ...
Viewpoint: California activists ‘gamed system’ to get glyphosate herbicide labeled as carcinogen

Viewpoint: California activists ‘gamed system’ to get glyphosate herbicide labeled as carcinogen

Environmental activists found the perfect targets to help them defame the popular herbicide glyphosate — widely-accepted as safe — in ...
Dicamba drift fiasco: Example of failed GMO-related chemical technology?

Dicamba drift fiasco: Example of failed GMO-related chemical technology?

Several states have banned the use of a recently reformulated dicamba herbicide after farmers complained about damaging chemical drift. Identifying ...
Opinion: Anti-GMO documentaries on Hawaii farming warp reality

Opinion: Anti-GMO documentaries on Hawaii farming warp reality

A movement in Hawaii promotes the romanticized view that the world can be fed locally and without farm pesticides and ...
Making the case for sustainability in 'industrial agriculture'

Making the case for sustainability in ‘industrial agriculture’

Attacks on GMOs are often a proxy for criticisms of globalization, synthetic chemicals and what has come to be called ...
15 years after debuting GMO crops, Colombia's switch has benefited farmers and environment

15 years after debuting GMO crops, Colombia’s switch has benefited farmers and environment

GM crops saved water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and provided farmers and the rest of Colombia with a variety of ...
With GMO insect-resistant sugarcane approval, Brazilian farmers poised to reap benefits of biotech pipeline

With GMO insect-resistant sugarcane approval, Brazilian farmers poised to reap benefits of biotech pipeline

With the approval of Brazil's fourth genetically-engineered crop--insect-resistant sugarcane--Brazil is emerging as the most genetically innovative developing country ...
Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the 'dawn of civilization'

Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’

The history of biotechnology shows how humans have been manipulating nature for our benefit for a long time—and how modern ...
How Berkeley-led academics conspired with anti-GMO groups to attack Food Evolution movie

How Berkeley-led academics conspired with anti-GMO groups to attack Food Evolution movie

Emails show the Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Friends of the Earth helped write and promote a ...
Monoculture: Do intensive farming and GMOs really threaten biodiversity?

Monoculture: Do intensive farming and GMOs really threaten biodiversity?

Many critics claim GMOs increase the practice of monoculture cropping, but is this accurate? Does intensive farming damage our land ...
15 tips to better communicate about GMOs with the public

15 tips to better communicate about GMOs with the public

Plant pathology professor Paul Vincelli shares what social science research and his years of experience have taught him about communication ...
Milkweed: Mother's milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

Milkweed: Mother’s milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

Can we encourage a resurgence in butterfly-friendly milkweed populations without making farming even more challenging? ...
Activists attack humanitarian 'GMO' corn shipment to Haiti — but seeds aren't genetically engineered

Activists attack humanitarian ‘GMO’ corn shipment to Haiti — but seeds aren’t genetically engineered

The Non-GMO Project attacked the government of Haiti for approving a humanitarian shipment of high-yield conventional corn, claiming the seeds ...
Transgenic fish are ready for us. Are we ready for them?

Transgenic fish are ready for us. Are we ready for them?

After overcoming two decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty now faces the ultimate tests as it prepares for the ...
Is it true there are no long term GMO safety studies?

Is it true there are no long term GMO safety studies?

Anti-GMO activists call for longer animal feed studies to assess the safety of GMOs. But are longer tests really necessary? ...