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The Good News About the Bad Effort in Congress to Thwart GMO Labeling by States

The Editorial Board of The New York Times declared a few days ago that it “is a bad idea” for the United States Senate to join the United States House of Representatives in trying “to make it harder for consumers to … Continue reading

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Kudos to Campbell Soup for Supporting Mandatory Federal GMO Labeling

As announced in a company press release and reported by The New York Times on January 8, Campbell Soup Company is calling for mandatory federal labeling of foods “that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)….“[Such foods/ingredients are also known as … Continue reading

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The Products of GE Technology Must be Assessed for Safety on a Case-By-Case Basis

Mark Lynas was at it again in an opinion piece in The New York Times last week, making claims once more about a so-called “worldwide scientific consensus on the safety of genetic engineering,” and calling those 17 countries in Europe … Continue reading

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GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction

I participated in two panel discussions on genetic engineering called “GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction” that were sponsored by the University of California’s Global Food Initiative in 2015. One was held at UC Davis on November 3rd and the other … Continue reading

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Genetic Engineering is Very Different Than Traditional Breeding

The United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have established a committee to study the “economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food.” The committee’s results may be used to reassess the … Continue reading

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What’s up with the Media Response to Chipotle going GMO-Free?

A notice on the side panel of my box of Cheerios™ says “Not made with genetically modified ingredients.” But when General Mills, the company that manufactures this “Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal,” decided to make this one product in its … Continue reading

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Time To Talk “Conflicts of Interest” In Relation to GMOs

Scientific conflicts of interest have been in the news a lot lately. For example, a federal judge recently ruled that various members of the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee had conflicts of interest and, consequently, the chairman and three … Continue reading

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EPA Expresses Concern Regarding Potential Development of 2,4-D-Resistant Weeds

I am not surprised that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went ahead and registered Enlist Duo™, Dow Agrosciences’ pesticide cocktail made for spraying on corn and soybean crops genetically engineered (GE) to be tolerant of it. Disappointed, yes. Surprised? … Continue reading

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Hyper-propagandizing crop genetic engineering in The New Yorker?

I was very disappointed with Michael Specter’s recent piece in The New Yorker called “Seeds of Doubt: An activist’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crops.” For one thing, Specter didn’t seem to understand the basics of crop genetic engineering (GE) itself, … Continue reading

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Should Monsanto be the Target?

As I read about the protests held against Monsanto worldwide recently, I found myself wondering: is Monsanto the appropriate target for these protests? I know there are reasons people are unhappy with Monsanto. One is that during California’s most recent … Continue reading

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