As we near the end of 2016, we wanted to take a look at the top five most read Food and Ag blogs for this year. It was a very popular year for Oxitec’s genetically engineered mosquito:
- WHO Supports Male Assassins to Target Female Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus – This piece was a guest blog submission from Oxitec’s Press Officer Matt Warren and provides a great overview of the Oxitec technology. Warren also highlights that the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed his company’s technology as intstrumental in combating the spread of several epidemics including the Zika virus.
- Transgenic Mosquito Ready to Join War on Zika Virus – Written by BIO’s Karen Batra, this blog also looks at how the GE Mosquito is a key solution to fighting the spread of the Zika virus. It was written during the time the first case of the Zika virus was identified in the United States.
- NYT Misses the Point on Yields, Pesticides and What Farmers Need – On October 30th, Danny Hakim, an investigative reporter out of the London bureau of the The New York Times, wrote a controversial piece claiming that biotechnology “has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.” Read this blog to see where Hakim misses the mark on some of his facts and claims.
- How the GE Mushroom Could Change the Debate Around GMOs – In April, the USDA announced that it will not regulate a mushroom that has been genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9. Nature reported on the Agency’s announcement that the GM mushroom can now “be cultivated and sold without passing through the agency’s regulatory process” — making it the first CRISPR-edited organism to receive a green light from the US government. Read this blog to find out more about the CRISPR–Cas9 technology!
- Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration; Why we often hate new stuff – “Humans have a habit of stalling their own progress, writes Steven Overly for The Washington Post. From coffee to mechanical refrigeration to genetically altered food, history is littered with innovations that sparked resistance before becoming fixtures in everyday life.”
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