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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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Skip the 1,000-Calorie Burrito and Chipotle’s Dishonest Food Snobbery

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For some reason, the news seems to be teeming with stories related to Chipotle’s announcement that it will stop serving foods containing GMO ingredients.  Bruce Horovitz described it in USA Today as “an industry breakthrough,” although Stephanie Strom is quick to point out in the New York Times: “Chipotle’s announcement does not mean that the restaurant will be entirely GMO-free. The company acknowledges that some of the soft drinks it sells are likely to contain Read More >

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Why the Founder of the Anti-GMO Movement Converted to the Side of Science

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Mark Lynas is a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for Science and the author, most recently, of “The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.” Lynas is a British environmentalist and author who once founded the movement against genetically modified (GM) foods in the mid 1990s. However, in early 2013, this all changed when he publicly denounced his position during a now-infamous speech at the Oxford Farming Conference: “I apologize for having spent Read More >

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Earth Day 2015: How Biotech Has Revolutionized Farming and Transformed the Global Bioeconomy

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Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation Read More >

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