Tag Archives: genetically engineered

Sugar from GM Sugarbeets is Not the Scariest Thing on Halloween

sugar beets

Every year Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween. Chocolate leads the group with 90 million pounds of it being sold during the prior week. Did you know that sugarbeet sugar accounts for approximately 20 percent of the world’s production of sugar? Sugarcane sugar accounts for the remaining amount. In her TheSweetTruth blog , sugarbeet farmer Laura cites that beet sugar represents 54 percent of domestic sugar production in the U.S. and that America’s sugar Read More >

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

What Chipotle Really Meant When it Was Switching Over to Non-GMO Ingredients

GMO Answers

In late April 2015, Chipotle announced they were removing genetically engineered crops (called GMOs) from their menu. Well, kind of… Here is a fairly long list of responses to the Chipotle decision that show how the company is only partly removing GMO ingredients from its menu. In light of this announcement, Dr. Andrew Kniss, Associate Professor of Weed Ecology & Management in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, looked into how Chipotle’s decision to move Read More >

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

Want a Bird Flu-Free World?

Credit: Wiki Commons

“So far, the USDA has spent $500 million helping farmers recover from the losses.” ~ Tamar Haspel re Avian Influenza. Since December 2014, there have been 73 counties in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces with confirmed cased of the bird flu (APHIS, 2015; and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2015). “The total number of U.S. birds affected stands at 45 million, and includes 37.5 million chickens and 7.4 million turkeys; economically the bird flu impacts as many Read More >

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

Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws

Boston

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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

Unhealthy Fixation: The War Against GMOs

food label collage

The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer, writes William Saletan in a comprehensive and well-researched article in Slate: Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products Read More >

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