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Exposure of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Land-Phase Amphibians to Dow Agrosciences’ Pesticide Cocktail?

I’ve already expressed my concern over the fact that U.S. government agencies recently unleashed a ticking bomb with regard to the genetically engineered (GE) “superweed” problem we’re already experiencing in the United States when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Continue reading

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Why test GE Bananas on U.S. citizens?

According to a recent NPR article, “Somewhere in Iowa, volunteers are earning $900 apiece by providing blood samples after eating” bananas that have been genetically engineered (GE) to produce levels of pro-vitamin A some 5-6 times higher than levels in … Continue reading

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A Dearth of Life-Long Animal Studies of GE Foods

I’ve been corresponding with individual email-writers and I’ll occasionally post versions of my responses here because they tend to touch upon multiple issues related to genetically engineered (GE) crops in one piece (whereas I usually focus on fewer issues in … Continue reading

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Science-Based Regulation of GE Crops Requires More Long-Term Rat Feeding Studies with NK603 Corn

Although May 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the U.S. FDA’s approval for and Calgene’s market launch of the world’s first commercially available genetically engineered (GE) whole food, the Flavr SavrTM tomato, it’s amazing how relevant that GE tomato … 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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Crop Genetic Engineering, Warts and All

This is a paper I wrote that was published by PBGworks October 26, 2012: Crop genetic engineering is a powerful technology that is helping scientists reveal how genes and genomes function. It could also be used to solve important global … Continue reading

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Corrections to San Francisco Chronicle article

I wrote the following letter in response to an article on California’s Prop 37 written by Stacy Finz  in the San Francisco Chronicle; it was published in The Davis Enterprise on August 24, 2012. First, there are currently no crops … Continue reading

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Learn Lessons from Biotech Mistakes Rather than Repeat Them

Twenty years ago, before genetically engineered (GE) foods were commercially available, one of the big concerns environmentalists had about the use of this biotechnology was that it would lead to “superweeds.”  Their concern stemmed from biotech products in the industrial … Continue reading

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Crop Genetic Engineering is a Mutagenic Process

In my last post I argued that the current system for regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops for commercialization in the United States is inadequate because it is possible to design GE plants in such a way that USDA, EPA or … Continue reading

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Regulating Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.: Forcing a Square Technology Peg into a Round Regulatory Hole

Despite what you may have read in The New York Times or on Monsanto’s website or in books like some written by former regulatory officials, current regulation of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the United States is not necessarily “burdensome” … Continue reading

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