Tag: GMO

Jan 15 2018

Special Report: How Monsanto’s GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) – In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa’s top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fiber lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop. Even when you dropped the bollworm larvae into a bucket of poison, …

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Jan 12 2018

Once And For All, Here’s What Science Says About GMOs

You’ve probably heard the same conversation, in one way or another, for years: Some say genetically modified organisms (GMO) are harmful, while others say they’ll help us feed the growing billions of humans that populate our planet. People’s positions on the subject seem cemented, bound by the hard stays of emotion, and nearly impossible to …

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Jan 07 2018

Are seed patent protections abused by Monsanto and other agro-corporations? | Genetic Literacy Project

Patents, or at least some sort of protection from copying somebody else’s invention, go back to at least the Middle Ages. In the United States just after the Revolutionary War, intellectual property protection was written into the new constitution, and almost as soon as the ink had dried on that document, the 1790 Patent Act was passed. The law …

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Jan 03 2018

I was raised next to a sugar cane farm. Here’s why I support GMO sugar beets.

Demand for sugar derived from sugar cane is on the rise due to customer rejection of sugar derived from sugar beets, which are often genetically engineered. In 2015, Hershey’s decided to start switching their sugar to non-GMO sources, primarily sugar cane. Despite the fact that sugar from cane or beet have identical molecular structures, food manufacturers are betting …

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Dec 31 2017

Scientists refute the scaremongering about GMOs – The Washington Post

THE NATIONAL Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine already examined genetically engineered (GE) crops once, concluding six years ago that the facts do not justify the fears about “Frankenfoods.” Overblown worries nevertheless continue to proliferate, prompting a movement to stigmatize genetically engineered crops by requiring labels on food packaging. Meanwhile, the technology also has advanced: New tools …

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Dec 25 2017

Genetically Engineering Foods Involves Greater Precision and Lower Risk of Unintentional Changes Than Traditional Breeding Methods – The Credible Hulk

There exists an international scientific consensus that existing genetically engineered foods are at least as safe as their closest corresponding non-GMO counterparts [1]. This consensus is drawn on decades of research and thousands of studies. Despite this fact, there still exists a broad gap between the science and public perception of the topic. According to …

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Dec 22 2017

Non-GMO Project Misleads Consumers Again With Myths Easily Refuted By One Tweet From A Farmer

The ubiquitous Non-GMO Project—a third party that verifies and labels over $19 billion worth of products per year and quickly growing—adorns pantry staples like fresh produce, breads, pastas and cereals, specialty offerings like apricot kernel oil and purple rice, and even cat litter and dog waste odor eliminator. In addition to its booming certification program, the …

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Dec 20 2017

The Difference between Conventional and Organic Foods – Food Dialogues

Consumers today have more options than ever when navigating the grocery store aisle. Several varying labels can be found in the meat and produce section that specify the different ways each product was produced— conventional or organic What Defines Organic Food? Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics …

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Dec 20 2017

The Great “Non-GMO” Deception: How To Sell Politically Correct Chocolate Chip Cookies

Any beast can look like a prince, if lined up next to a more terrible villain. This basic psychological manipulation is the marketing paradigm of companies that sell consumers unhealthy food. Since there is not much to brag about when selling low-nutrition foods and snacks loaded with sugar, cholesterol, and salt, the trick is to brandish …

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Nov 23 2017

Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease | AgInnovators

The humble but fibre- and nutrient-rich banana is a staple food for 400-plus million people worldwide. And more than 40 percent of global banana production, including virtually all those exported, are of the large, crescent-shaped Cavendish variety. The hugely popular Cavendish is under worldwide threat, however, from a potentially devastating, virulent fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense tropical …

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