Mississippi and Iowa, two big farm states, were recently tested for glyphosate levels in the air and water. Researchers found the key ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide in every stream sample tested, Scientific
Most conscientious shoppers know that there is no regulation behind the word "natural" on food labels (with the exception, to some extent, of meat). So food companies slap the word on any product they want to, no matter how many
In the head scratcher of the week, New York Times reports that the US Department of Agriculture has decided that genetically modified bluegrass developed by Scotts Miracle-Gro can be sold without any federal
This sounds like science fiction. But paleontologist Jack Horner of Montana wants to recreate the dinosaurs, using DNA from a chicken. Hasn't this guy seen Jurassic Park? Or any of the sequels? He recently gave a TED talk on the
Details are a bit thin on this one, but my initial reaction to this is an overwhelming grossness: Reports from Times of India are that researchers in China have genetically modified some 200 cows so that the
As part of a lawsuit settlement, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced last week it would stop (illegally) planting genetically engineered crops on all its refuges in 12 states in the northeast, according to
We've already heard, thanks to Wikileaks, that U.S. officials under the Bush administration advised retaliation against Europe for standing against genetically modified crops. But the leaks uncover pressure coming from
The UN held a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at the end of September to review the progress on eradicating poverty and hunger, combatting HIV/AIDS, achieving universal education, environmental
An article in the latest issue of the journal Current Science raises serious questions about the long-term viability of genetically-modified Bt cotton to actually do what it's intended to do, increase pest resistance.
The Vatican's science advisors have come out in support of genetically modified crops, saying that they scientists have both the right and moral duty to produce them to help the world's poor, New Scientist reports.
Some new research in Bioscience outlines different ways in which genetically modifying trees and plants to help them increase their carbon sequestration potential to fight climate change--we're talking billions of
Interesting GM food media intersection in the past two days: Reuters reports that an Italian court has fined a farmer for illegally growing GM maize, cultivation of which is banned in Italy; meanwhile, in The Guardian
While some farmers (and governments) support the use of genetically modified crops for their higher yield quantities and pest and weed resistance, others point out that the long-term effects of these gene adjustments just
Farmers all over the world are throwing down political and environmental battle lines over the cultivation of genetically modified (GMO) crops.
On the pro side, supporters claim that changes to the genetic structure of a plant can help it resist weed ki
Back when the bright yellow flowers were still known as Rape or Oilseed rape, Brassica napus produced a bitter oil, unsuitable for human consumption and used mainly to lubricate machines. Canadian researchers bred an edible