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Could GMOs Save Endangered Plants and Animals?

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According to Biologist William Powell, the answer is yes. Dr. Powell says that the best way to revive the American chestnut tree, one of the most common trees in the country until a fungal blight effectively erased it from the landscape, could be genetic engineering. “I think if we can’t get this tree deregulated and out in a restoration program, you’re not going to get any genetically engineered tree out,” says Powell, co-director with forest Read More >

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A Glimpse into a New Era: Genetically Modified Animals

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Science fiction and pop culture, such as the Jurassic Park franchise, narrate an unrealistic view of genetically modified animals. However, the use of genetically modified animals can improve livestock farming practices, save endangered species, and can even lead to cures for human diseases. In Kevin Loria’s entertaining and informative blog post, The age of genetically engineered animals has arrived, Loria speaks to the benefits of genetically engineered animals with real-life examples, discusses bioethics, and highlights the Read More >

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Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought

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The Sacramento Bee ran a timely op-ed about how technology can help farmers deal with environmental challenges such as drought. The author is Ted Sheely, a family farmer from Lemoore who grows cotton, tomatoes, wheat, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic. Sheely has been honored by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award: In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to 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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What Does it Really Mean to be Pro-GMO?

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It has been said that if you’re Pro-GMO, or for Genetically Modified Organisms, then you must oppose the the Anti-GMO movement.   However, is this the true meaning behind being Pro-GMO?  Richard Green, guest blogger for the Skepti-Forum, doesn’t think so.  In his blog, What is Pro-GMO?, Green suggests that being Pro-GMO means that you’re anti-GMO misinformation. “What is Pro-GMO? Is it the opposite of Anti-GMO? “We humans like to split things into black and white opposing camps but that Read More >

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