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20 breaking stories about GMOs

Genetically modified (GM) food and crop stories continue to appear in the popular media across the globe. In the United ...
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Scientific American: ‘Environmentalists’ have opposed genetically improving crops as ‘unnatural’ for a century

The May 2014 issue of Scientific American, called Scientific American Classics, looks at "The Birth of the GMO Debate." It ...

GMO growers and organic farmers can coexist in Australia

Coexistence between organic farmers and those that grow genetically modified crops is a big challenge but it is possible in ...

Would making genetic resources “open source” reduce GMO controversy?

The creation of free software 30 years ago has had a profound effect on computing, and helped fuel the rise of the ...

Cotton Board of Zambia calls for investments in biotech to aid sustained production of quality cotton

Cotton Board of Zambia board secretary Dafulin Kaonga said Government should invest in modern biotechnology, including genetic engineering, to develop ...

Scientific literacy and critical thinking missing from anti-GMO groups

The landscape of science communication resounds with a cacophony of credible and incredible voices. Such voices fill the demands of ...
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Debating GMOs: Anti Michael Pollan and plant scientist Pam Ronald break new ground with dialogue

Journalist Michael Pollan and plant geneticist Pamela Ronald set an important precedent when they convened the two sides of the ...

Biotech can strengthen vegetarianism but Veg Expo chooses anti-GMO agenda

Most people never knew I was not a meat eater. I enjoyed an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet for 16 years. I get the ...

Did the Washington Post ‘overstate’ ‘marker-assisted’ breeding method?

A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, titled, “Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding” ...
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Academics Review: Organic food industry engaged in ‘multi-decade public disinformation campaign’

Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief - promulgated by stakeholders ...
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Glyphosate dangers in breast milk challenged as ‘junk science’

On April 7, 2014 a television “documentary” in Australia reported that a study of 10 nursing mother’s milk revealed the presence ...
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‘Organic mommy mafia’ pushes foods based on misleading claims of health and nutrition

“Am I going to be an outcast?” A friend, who recently moved to an upscale neighborhood in Madison, Wis., called ...
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Marker-assisted plant breeding: agricultural genetics without GMOs

Marker-assisted selection is a fancy way of saying plant breeders are using genetics to "preview" their crops and streamline the ...
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Are GMOs causing an increase in allergies?

The potential for allergies from foods with genetically modified ingredients is no higher than that in any food, including organics ...
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Henry Rowlands, organic movement’s cyber mastermind behind anti-GMO websites

Wonder how, when an anti-GMO initiative is launched, so many activist sites carry the same coordinated message? Meet Henry Rowlands, ...
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Henry Rowlands, organic movement’s cyber mastermind behind anti-GMO websites

Wonder how, when an anti-GMO initiative is launched, so many activist sites carry the same coordinated message? Meet Henry Rowlands, ...
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Why embracing the “unnatural” can help us improve on—and preserve—nature

Can we improve on nature? Yes, argues agronomist Andrew McGuire, but he's only talking about farming. I take his argument ...

Confronting fear of genetic modification, a life-saving technology

GMO Skepti-Forum has begun featuring essays by readers on the GMO controversy. We’re going to be featuring some of them on the ...
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Stine Seed flies under media radar but is patent backbone of biotech industry

Few outside of the biotech industry know Stine Seed Farm, a plant breeding and biotechnology group that develops germplasm for ...

‘Green gene’ movement can blend genetic engineering and organic practices

While most people treat genetic engineering and organic agriculture as worlds apart, the green gene movement is trying to think ...
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Greener paper through genetically engineered trees

Genetically engineered trees are easier to process into pulp, making tree farming less resource-intensive. The same techniques could be adapted ...
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Does the Union of Concerned Scientists’s Doug Gurian-Sherman misrepresent GMOs?

Do advances in conventional breeding make genetic engineering unnecessary? That's the controversial claim by Union of Concerned Scientist's Doug Gurian-Sherman, ...

GM food just the latest chapter in 10,000 years of high-tech agriculture

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced commercially for agriculture in the United States in the mid 1990s. Anti-GMO activists and ...

How anti-biotech groups leveraged fear of pesticides to pass Kauai anti-GMO bill

The feast of fear that was intentionally served up to pass Bill 2491, the pesticide/GMO regulatory bill, is now serving ...
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RNAi researcher accuses Monsanto of muzzling her research, hiding risks of GMOs

After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the ...
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4 billionth acre of biotech crops about to be planted

Fourth-generation family farmer muses on the soon-to-be-planted four billionth acre of biotech crops at Truth About Trade & Technology. What ...
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As FDA rejects mandatory GMO labeling, some ‘green’ groups advocate vandalism

FDA commissioner's science-based support for voluntary labeling of GMOs disappointed anti-GMO campaigners, some of whom are now advocating ripping up ...

Genetically engineered poplar trees break down more easily, hailed as environmental boon

Researchers have genetically engineered poplar trees with lignin that breaks down more easily, opening the door to cheaper biofuels and ...