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Give Your Mom a Color-Changing Petunia for Mother’s Day!

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Nikolai Braun and Keira Havens of Revolution Bioengineering have figured out a way to genetically engineer certain flowers to cause them to transition from one color to another. Together, they’ve created a new breed of petunia that can change from white to red, and back again, whenever you want. Here is how the science behind the color-changing flower works: “Most flower color is the result of anthocyanins, small molecules naturally produced in large quantities by a biosynthetic pathway. In Read More >

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Let’s Make Food Issues Real

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New York Times editor Mark Bittman recently published an impressive op-ed discussing the current food movement and his thoughts on which issues about food are truly worth debating over. This opinion piece came at a great time as Panera recently announced that it will drop artificial ingredients from its pantry along with the popular fast food chain Chipotle’s news that it has successfully eliminated all GMO ingredients from foods served in its U.S. restaurants. “There is some talk about the food movement’s winning. I’m Read More >

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GM Crops Help Ensure Global Food Security Through Higher Crop Yields

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Today, BIO announced that PG Economics has released its report  “GM Crops: Global Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2013.” According to the report the economic benefits for farmers who use genetically modified (GM) seeds amounted to an average of more than $122/hectare in 2013. “In 2013, the 18th year of widespread adoption of crops using biotechnology innovations, the technology has continued to provide more productive agriculture, higher incomes to farmers and a better environment for citizens. A majority Read More >

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Was the Sweet Potato a Natural GMO?

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NPR recently reported that the first genetically modified crop wasn’t made by a megacorporation or or a college scientist trying to design a more durable tomato. It was actually modified by nature. According to NPR, Scientists at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, have found genes from bacteria in 291 sweet potato varieties, including ones grown in the U.S., Indonesia, China, parts of South America and Africa. The findings suggest bacteria inserted the genes into Read More >

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The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

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Why do some push for the labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Let’s ask an even bigger question. Why do people dislike the technology in general? Honestly, I think the answer is unknown and if you ask a person who doesn’t like the technology they may not know their reason either. The Trends in Plant Science Journal looked to answer the question “why do so many people oppose genetically modified organisms, or GMOs?” According to a new paper forthcoming in Read More >

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