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5 Arguments from the GMO Debate That Have Lost Their Gusto

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The Washington Post recently published a piece titled The GMO Debate: 5 Things to Stop Arguing, which looks at common arguments surrounding the use of genetically modified organism (GMOs) and how they have lost their vigor.  Specifically in her article, Tamar Haspel suggests 5 somethings taken from both sides of the debate that need to be retired. Haspel argues that moving beyond these 5 points could mean moving one step forward in achieving a happy medium between the two parties. 1. GMOs are Read More >

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WSJ Reports on the “Organic Food Labeling Ballot Initiatives”

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On November 4th, citizens in Colorado and Oregon will have to decide on whether or not to approve contentious ballot initiatives that would require the mandatory labeling of certain products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting piece that takes a look at what the organic industry will gain if these labeling initiatives pass.  It turns out quite a lot: “If you can’t beat them, ask Read More >

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GMOs and Infant Formula: What Parents Need to Know

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As part of the debate around the Oregon ballot initiative to require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified ingredients (called GMOs), an Oregon paper ran an unfortunate article that misleads readers about the safety of infant formula. A noted opponent of biotechnology, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) tested formulas and found that some brands contained soy that was grown using biotechnology. Noted scientific expert Kevin Folta on the Illumination Blog says the Read More >

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Enjoy Your Halloween Candy Without the Guilt

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More than 90 percent of the sugarbeets grown in this country are GMO. And genetically modified sugar beets make up half of the U.S. sugar production.  So if you’re eating foods containing sugar, chances are, those foods are GMO. But it is interesting to note that sugar made from GMO sugarbeets is indistinguishable from other sugar because the GMO protein in the beets is removed in processing. GMO sugar beets are genetically engineered to tolerant Read More >

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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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