Tag Archives: Genetically Modified Organisms

Organic farming takes on Monsanto

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Artcile reads: More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30. Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organic—and preemptively protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds that drift on to their pristine crop fields.

GMO regulation comes with a price

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http://www.hpj.com/archives/2011/aug11/aug15/0808Wyantsr.cfm

Article reads: With the challenges of feeding a rapidly growing global population, farmers are looking for new seed traits that can improve yields, withstand extreme weather, and provide greater end-user value. Brazil, where regulators are steadily approving new biotech seed traits, has signaled that it is open for biotech business. That’s unlike the United States, where the regulatory approval process has slowed to a snail’s pace.

Roundup blamed for problems in plants and animals

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Article reads: One of the experts set to testify at Wednesday’s long-awaited meeting about the county’s policy for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on open space says scientists are seeing new, alarming patterns in plants and animals due to increased use of the herbicide Roundup.

Cattle genetics

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Article reads: While beef producers, veterinarians and researchers have worked diligently to protect animal health, most of the focus has been on management factors such as using vaccines, minimizing stress, optimizing nutrition and reducing exposure to pathogens. All those approaches help, but the potential for adding genetic selection to the animal-health toolbox could bring further improvements. And advancements in genomics, linking DNA markers to specific traits related to disease resistance, can make it possible.

Toxins from genetically modified plants found in humans

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/serenityandtolerance/message/6900

Article reads: According to the UK Daily Mail, this study, which “appears to blow a hole in” safety claims, “has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food.” Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.

Monsanto and GMOs

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http://www.fastcompany.com/1749695/monsanto-now-allowed-to-police-itself

Article reads: Monsanto, enemy of organic farmers and anti-GMO advocates alike, will likely be allowed to conduct its own environmental studies as part of a two-year USDA experiment. But there is no good that can possibly come of an experiment where the company behind nearly every genetically modified crop in our daily diets is allowed to decide whether its products are causing any environmental harm. And Monsanto isn’t the only biotech company that will be permitted to police itself.

Genetically modified alfalfa

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Article reads: A war is escalating over genetically modified alfalfa – and depending on whom you talk to, either the fate of a sector or the future of millions hangs in the balance. The fight has emerged as a key battleground in the increasing tension between organic growers and biotech firms. With food prices rising and concerns mounting about global food demand, both sides have sharpened their attacks.

GM Cows can make human-like millk

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Article reads: The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.

Genetically modified bentgrass continues to spread

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Article reads: Having escaped from a field the GMO bentgrass has spread to canals and drain ditches, because it grows best where there is a lot of water, according to David Bunker, a local applicator who is involved in identifying the spread and efforts to control the bent grass.

Conflating biology and evolution, and dumbing down medicine

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http://ncse.com/news/2010/11/biology-simply-means-evolution-006309

Opinion reads: The op-ed concludes, “As Peter Medawar eloquently put it, ‘The alternative to thinking in evolutionary terms is not to think at all.’ The sooner evolution and biodiversity are inherent and required parts of every biomedical student’s curriculum, the greater progress we can expect from a new generation of scientists in the clinic and the laboratory.