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the gmo safety dance and the rapid adoption of biotech crops

grist published a superb article on facts behind the rhetoric on regulation of genetically modified crops and health safety that’s worth a read. while i think it’s worth being concerned about the health safety of gmo crops, the last line really resonated with me, “…Gurian-Sherman told me that he is concerned about health risks from […]

unapproved genetically modified wheat discovered in oregon

asia curbs US wheat imports after a genetically modified sample was found, putting billions of food exports at stake. perhaps the economic threat from accidental contamination might end up translating into support for gmo labelling which is something that reports of superweeds. superpests and ever increasing consumer demand for gmo-free food haven’t been able to […]

Expect more soil insecticide used with Bt hybrids

one year ago leading insect experts issued an ‘urgent’ warning regarding the corn rootworm which had “found a chink in the armor” of genetically engineered crops through field-evolved resistance. and so, this spring, non-organic farmers – unsurprisingly – expect to use more soil insecticide with genetically modified hybrids ( which, of course, runs counter to […]

france calls for EU ban of gmo crops while US signals speedup on approvals

france calls for EU-wide ban of monsanto gmo maize, citing “latest scientific studies” which showed that the use of GM crops “pose significant risks for the environment””. meanwhile in the US, the USDA says companies developing gmo products “…will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically modified crops.” *headdesk*