Scientists’ Ties to Food Industry Raise Questions in Europe
LONDON — One scientist who advised Europe’s food safety regulators about animal feed additives sits on the board of a foundation backed by the dairy industry.
Another who gave advice on food contaminants received research support from lobbyists for the American and European chemical industries.
A third scientist who headed an advisory panel on nutrition and dietetic products presided for years over the management board of an industry-backed research group.
Nearly 60 percent of the scientists used as consultants by the European Food Safety Authority, or E.F.S.A., have direct or indirect ties to industries regulated by the agency, according to a report from the Corporate Europe Observatory, an advocacy group that criticizes corporate influence on public policy.
Monsanto's failed SA GM Maize pushed into rest of Africa
Today the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) released a new report ‘Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto’s MON810 maize in South Africa’i, showing how Monsanto’s GM maize, which utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the continent, through ‘sleight of hand’.
Chief EU scientist backs damning report urging GMO ‘rethink’
Studies linking genetically modified crops with adverse effects on the environment or animal health are based on “contested science”, according to a recent report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which received backing from Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.
Genetic modification proposed to save endangered species
Biologists suggest genes might be introduced even from other species to help survival in changing climatic conditions.
Genetic modification of animals so that they can deal with changing climate and habitats may be the only way to save some of the most endangered species from becoming extinct, according to biologists who want to start a debate on how to stem species loss.
Biologist Michael Thomas said conservationists needed to debate what he and his colleagues called “facilitated adaptation”, which involved rescuing populations or species by introducing gene variants that allow them to survive in changing temperatures or different ecological niches.
'GMO OMG' Movie: 85% of the Food We Eat Daily Contains GMOs
When it comes to the food we eat, it’s time to get real.
At least, that is what Jeremy Seifert thinks. Seifert directed the film GMO OMG, released Friday, which tackles the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their impact on, in the film's words, "our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice." There is no getting around it — GMOs are a big part of the America’s everyday diet. The scary thing is, most of us don’t even realize it.
Genetically modified foods: asking the right questions
A while ago, I read an article in Mother Jones: GM Crops Are Killing Monarch Butterflies, After All. Given the current concerns about genetically modified foods, it was predictable — and wrong, in a way that’s important. If you read the article rather than the headline, you’ll find out what was really going on. Farmers planted Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soybeans. These plants have been genetically modified so that they’re not damaged by the weed killer Roundup. Then the farmers doused their fields with heavy applications of Roundup, killing the milkweed on which Monarch caterpillars live. As a result: fewer butterflies.
But that’s really not what the headline said.
It’s China vs. China in Genetically Modified Food Fight
China’s fierce public debate on genetically modified food, long a political hot potato in a country obsessed with how to feed its 1.3 billion citizens, has become the subject of a spat between big guns from two of its most powerful governing institutions.
Biotechnology’s Prospects in the Black Sea Region
Around the world, we hear stories of agricultural progress, as more countries join the Gene Revolution. In 2012, Cuba and Sudan planted biotech crops for the first time. This year, Bangladesh—which has the world’s eighth-largest population—will make the leap as well.
In one country, however, we see a unique case of agricultural regress: Romania, which I visited earlier this summer. It’s the only nation on the planet to take part in the Gene Revolution and then drop out. But not by choice…
Genetically Modified Trees are Coming, but YOU Can Help Stop Them
Just as silently as GMO foods were introduced into U.S. grocery stores, our homes and our bodies, with little public debate, disclosure or labeling, another genetically modified “breakthrough” is upon on. Just like food, this new biotechnology is not driven with the goal of improving the lives of people or protecting the planet, but to maximize profits. In this case, the profits of paper and lumber companies.
Trees are being genetically engineered/modified to make them able to tolerate toxic herbicides, grow faster, kill insects and have altered wood composition.
Glowing Plants: Crowdsourced Genetic Engineering Project Ignites Controversy
In April three biohackers from a California Do-It-Yourself biology lab, BioCurious, posted a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource their plan to bioengineer a glowing plant. They asked for $65,000. But by the close of their campaign at midnight on Thursday, June 6, they had raised a remarkable $484,013. (Meanwhile, BioCurious itself is in financial trouble.) It was the first time anyone had kick-started a genetic engineering project. The group had hit upon a new method for funding biotech, one that’s faster, cheaper and requires less expertise than traditional grants or venture capital. Crowdsourcing does require public buy in, however, and this case raises a thorny hitch—ethically, environmentally and perhaps legally.
Genetically engineered food: Allergic to regulations?
What are the true risks of genetically modified foods spreading allergens? I’m looping back today to look more deeply at this. It gets a bit technical, but here’s the deal: A few moments of pain here and there, and in exchange you’ll get past the talking points and come away with a genuine grasp of the risks of GM allergenicity. Deal?