Category Archives: Food And Agriculture

Latest From Food And Agriculture

How Genetics Can Help Solve World Hunger

Dr. Pamela Ronald

Forbes’ Jessica Dean did a well thought out piece on the accomplishments achieved by Dr. Pamela Ronald, plant pathology professor at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Pamela Ronald is also the Director of the Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation at the University of California, Davis and serves as Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute in Emeryville, California. Dr. Ronald’s is best known for her contribution to engineering rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , ,

Washington Post: “We Don’t Need Labels on GM Foods”


Following last week’s introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, the Washington Post editorial board took a stand on GMO food labeling and supports a more reason-based, voluntary approach: EIGHTY-EIGHT percent of scientists polled by the Pew Research Center in January said genetically modified food is generally safe to eat. Only 37 percent of the public shared that view. The movement to require genetically modified food products to be labeled both reflects Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Apparent Flaws in the Recent Study Linking Popular Weedkiller to Cancer

Chafer Spraying Glyphosate

On March 20, 2015, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it had determined five crop protection products to be “possibly” or “probably” carcinogenic to humans. One of these crop protection products glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, was declared to be a class 2A “probable human carcinogen”. This conclusion, published in The Lancet Oncology, contradicts a strong and long standing consensus supported by a vast array of data and real world experience, and comes Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

House Ag Committee Examines the Impacts of Mandatory GMO Labeling


On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the House Full Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Witnesses included Dr. David B. Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council and Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Nina Federoff, Senior Science Advisor, OFW Law, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Joanna Lidback, Owner, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore, VT; Mr. Lynn Clarkson, President, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, IL; Mr. Thomas Dempsey, CEO, Snack Food Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

GMO Answers Leaves an Impression at SXSW

Cathy and Chris at SXSW

On March 14, 2015, GMO Answers launched its presence at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival by hosting a lively and productive panel at SouthBites discussing transparency in our food system. The one-hour panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post, with an interactive conversation between myself, Cathy Enright, and Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller. Tamar polled the audience at the beginning of the panel and it was split evenly, with a third Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , ,