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  • Facts versus fears on biotechnology:

    03/09/2005 9:52:21 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 18 replies · 698+ views
    CFP ^ | March 9, 2005 | Paul Driessen and Cyril Boynes Jr
    The Congress of Racial Equality’s recent conference, video and commentary on agricultural biotechnology* presented personal testimonials from African farmers whose lives have been improved by GM crops, impressive data on progress, and a message of hope for poor, malnourished people in developing countries. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. But not from all quarters. Predictably, anti-GM zealots continue to offer a steady stream of unsupported and unsupportable invective. To hear them tell it, biotechnology is a "scourge" that will do nothing to save lives or reduce poverty and malnutrition. "Evil multinationals" like Monsanto are determined to impose "a new form...
  • Skewed ethics on biotechnology: Anti-biotech campaigns perpetuate poverty, malnutrition ...

    01/14/2005 8:37:29 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 7 replies · 227+ views
    CFP ^ | January 14, 2005 | Paul Driessen
    Tsunami survivors and millions of others could benefit from a marvel of modern science: golden rice. By adding two daffodil genes to common rice, researchers made it rich in beta-carotene, which humans can convert to vitamin A. This miracle rice could help reduce widespread Vitamin A deficiency that causes up to 500,000 children to go blind every year--and 2,000,000 a year to die from diseases they would likely survive if they weren’t so malnourished. Just a few ounces a day will do wonders. Unfortunately, thanks to anti-biotechnology zealots, the rice is still not available. Even if it were, these unfortunate...
  • Facing Biotech Foods Without the Fear Factor

    01/11/2005 9:00:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 2,218+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2005 | JANE E. BRODY
    Almost everywhere food is sold these days, you are likely to find products claiming to contain no genetically modified substances. But unless you are buying wild mushrooms, game, berries or fish, that statement is untrue. Nearly every food we eat has been genetically modified, through centuries of crosses, both within and between species, and for most of the last century through mutations induced by bombarding seeds with chemicals or radiation. In each of these techniques, dozens, hundreds, even thousands of genes of unknown function are transferred or modified to produce new food varieties. Most so-called organic foods are no exception....
  • Are Genetically Engineered Plants Good for the Environment?

    12/21/2004 10:42:41 PM PST · by dervish · 7 replies · 495+ views
    Genetically Engineered Plants Detect Land Mines (look under 11/29/2004 entry) “A Danish company, Aresa Biodetection, has developed genetically-modified flowers that change color when their roots come in contact with nitrogen dioxide in the soil. Explosives used in mines produce NO2 as the chemicals gradually decay. The company plans to sow fields of NO2-sniffing Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale or mouse cress) in areas riddled with long-forgotten ordinance from Angola to Cambodia. The effort's life- and limb-saving potential is staggering: More than 100 million land mines kill or injure 26,000 people in 45 countries each year. Today's most popular detection method is poking...
  • Transgenes Invade Mexico -- So What?

    11/16/2004 3:29:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 547+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11/16/2004 | Ronald Bailey
    A new report issued by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) under North American Free Trade Agreement points out that genes from genetically modified corn (maize) have been found in traditional varieties grown by Mexican farmers. The transgenes evidently came from corn genetically enhanced for insect resistance that has been imported from the United States. Instead of eating the corn, some Mexican farmers planted it and it crossbred with local varieties. So Chapela was right.  Now we turn to the question, does it matter?  Scientifically, the CEC report basically concludes that crossbreeding between transgenic, conventional and traditional varieties...
  • Panel Sees No Unique Risk From Genetic Engineering

    07/27/2004 8:40:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 529+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 28, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Genetically engineered crops do not pose health risks that cannot also arise from crops created by other techniques, including conventional breeding, the National Academy of Sciences said in a report issued yesterday. The conclusion backs the basic approach now underlying government oversight of biotech foods, that special food safety regulations are not needed just because foods are genetically engineered. Nevertheless, the report said that genetic engineering and other techniques used to create novel crops could result in unintended, harmful changes to the composition of food, and that scrutiny of such crops should be tightened before they go to market. "The...
  • Europeans Appear Ready to Approve a Biotech Corn

    05/15/2004 4:47:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 263+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 15, 2004 | PAUL MELLER and ANDREW POLLACK
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"/> May 15, 2004 Europeans Appear Ready to Approve a Biotech CornBy PAUL MELLER and ANDREW POLLACK RUSSELS, May 14 - The European Union appears ready to approve a genetically engineered corn, ending a six-year moratorium on approvals for biotechnology crops that led to a bitter trade dispute with the United States. Spokesmen for the European Commission said here on Friday that the commissioners were expected to approve the corn, an insect-resistant sweet corn developed by Syngenta, at its weekly meeting on Wednesday. United States government and industry officials cautiously welcomed the move but...
  • Engineered DNA Found in Crop Seeds

    02/24/2004 6:48:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 328+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2004 | Rick Weiss
    Tests Show U.S. Failure to Block Contamination From Gene-Altered Varieties Much of the U.S. supply of ordinary crop seeds has become contaminated with strands of engineered DNA, suggesting that current methods for segregating gene-altered seed plants from traditional varieties are failing, according to a pilot study released yesterday. More than two-thirds of 36 conventional corn, soy and canola seed batches contained traces of DNA from genetically engineered crop varieties in lab tests commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington-based advocacy group. The actual amount of foreign DNA present in U.S. seeds appears to be small, and most engineered...
  • Biotech company cultivates new field

    01/25/2004 8:02:21 PM PST · by farmfriend · 4 replies · 165+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 25, 2004 | Mike Lee and Edie Lau
    <p>A Sacramento biotechnology company is pushing the $500 million California rice industry to a new frontier with a proposal to grow commercial rice engineered to make drug compounds.</p> <p>The controversial plan is ambitious and somewhat mysterious. The company, Ventria Bioscience, will not reveal where it hopes to cultivate what would be America's first genetically engineered plant-produced pharmaceuticals to reach the market.</p>
  • Move to Ban Altered Crops Is Focused on California

    01/14/2004 12:01:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 226+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2004 | AP
    Move to Ban Altered Crops Is Focused on California Published: January 11, 2004 UKIAH, Calif., Jan. 10 (AP) — The center of the nation's anti-biotechnology movement can be found these days here in Mendocino County, a quirky region with a strong streak of independence. Farmers and businesses in this Northern California county are trying to persuade voters to pass a measure on March 2 that would prohibit genetically modified plants and animals from being raised or kept in the county. "I believe that genetic engineering at this stage is the biggest uncontrolled biological experiment going on in the world today,"...
  • Label Me

    01/08/2004 10:31:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 186+ views
    Reason ^ | Jan 8, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Technology will make labeling battles moot. Labeling is back in the news because of one mad cow. Actually, the Canadian Holstein seems to have been pretty well labeled. Investigators were able to use her paper trail to trace her north of the border and then confirm it by testing her DNA. Instead of slaughtering 450 calves in order to kill the mad one's progeny, they could have DNA testing to fin the calf—probably still too expensive. In any case, Washington state's single mad cow is now propelling the usual gaggle of "consumer advocates" to push Congress to adopt new labeling...
  • A Tale of Two Seeds

    10/21/2003 12:00:05 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/20/2003 | Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
    A Tale of Two Seeds By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri India and Brazil are continents apart, but human aspirations are universal. The experience of farmers in both these countries illustrates their common desire to access new technologies, improve productivity and reach new markets. Indeed, the future of agriculture biotechnology may rest on what happens in these two large agriculturally significant countries. The increasing demand for GM seeds by farmers is forcing the hands of the governments in both these countries. Brazil Basics In a hectic 36 hour period last month, Brazil twice lifted and once restored a ban on the use...
  • Toxic Shock

    10/19/2003 11:03:32 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 8 replies · 161+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/16/2003 | Thomas R. DeGregori
    Toxic ShockBy Thomas R. DeGregori From Ripley Today online news site we learn that on Saturday September 27, "Greenpeace campaigners" exchanged "what they described as genetically modified milk for the organic alternative, free of charge" at a booth in front of a Sainsbury's grocery store. This was allegedly for the purpose of food safety and informing and protecting consumers. Somehow Greenpeace always seems to have an uncanny ability to get things exactly opposite to the truth and in this case, once again they have not failed us in being egregiously in error. In a number of recently published scholarly articles...
  • FAIR WARNING, Monsanto’s treacherous case against Oakhurst(Monsanto sues small Maine dairy)

    09/23/2003 12:18:01 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 23 replies · 462+ views
    thePorlandPhoenix ^ | Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | Jess Kilby
    By now even the lactose intolerant are aware of the battle being waged by chemical giant Monsanto against the against the locally owned and operated [Portland, Maine] Oakhurst Dairy over the "hormone-free" label Oakhurst uses on its milk. Monsanto is the sole US producer of the artificial-growth hormone in question, and reportedly doesn’t like the implication that customers should care about — or want to avoid — such a chemical in their dairy products. Monsanto recently filed for an injunction to prevent Oakhurst from labeling or advertising its milk as hormone-free, based primarily on the fact that Posilac (the hormone’s...
  • Foes of the Earth

    07/30/2003 12:29:53 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 15 replies · 378+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 29/07/2003 | Alex Avery
    Foes of the Earth by Alex Avery [ 29/07/2003 ] Stock Photo Those who call themselves advocates for the environment continue in their desperate campaign against biotech-improved crops -- the most critically needed farming technology in half a century. In a world that already farms nearly half the non-ice covered land on planet earth, yet faces a doubling of global food demand over the next half-century, neither humanity nor the wildlife we might otherwise plow down for more farmland can afford to lose such a promising technology. This month in the Times of London, Tony Juniper, the director of the...
  • Massive protest roils downtown

    06/23/2003 10:23:45 AM PDT · by bicycle thug · 30 replies · 576+ views ^ | Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Monday, June 23, 2003 | By Dorothy Korber, Terri Hardy and Elizabeth Hume -- Bee Staff Writers
    <p>The chaotic scene was a precursor to an even larger rally and march beginning at 10 a.m. today at the state Capitol. Organizers have taken out a march permit for 8,000 people. Their target: an international agriculture conference, hosted by the U.S. government, that starts today at the Sacramento Convention Center.</p>
  • Bush Slams Europe Over GMO Crops for Africa

    05/22/2003 2:20:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 340+ views
    Cato Daily Dispatch ^ | May 22, 2003
    "With transatlantic relations still strained by the Iraq war, President Bush on Wednesday opened a new front by accusing Europe of impeding American efforts to combat famine and poverty in Africa and beyond," according to Reuters. "The United States plans to sue the European Union unless it quickly opens its market to genetically modified (GMO) products. France, which led opposition to the Iraq war, is also leading the GMO-skeptics in Europe, where consumer sentiment against the products runs high." In a Cato Institute Trade Policy Analysis, "The Looming Trade War over Plant Biotechnology", Cato Adjunct Scholar Ronald Bailey writes that...
  • What are a few modified genes among friends?

    05/19/2003 4:41:09 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 3 replies · 182+ views
    Northern Virginia Journal ^ | 5/19/03 | Ivy Main
    Anyone who's been awake at all in the last six months or so will have noticed that the United States is having trouble keeping friends in the international community. It's not our fault, of course. We only do what we consider to be in our interest, and all we ask from our allies is that they do what's in our interest, too. We give them plenty of guidance in this (and for free!), but a lot of them insist on exercising their own judgement. Not only is this inefficient, but it sometimes leads them to take positions contrary to ours,...
  • Sask. farmer star of Biodevastation conference

    05/17/2003 7:37:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies · 158+ views
    CNEWS ^ | Fri, May 16, 2003
    ST. LOUIS (CP) - At 72, lifelong Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser never dreamed he'd be the poster boy in what he calls a worldwide struggle for farmers' rights and autonomy. But five years and $200,000 in legal fees later, the Saskatchewan farmer said he will go down fighting St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. for the right of farmers to plant seed saved from one growing season in the next. Schmeiser barely had heard of Monsanto before 1998, he said Friday at the Biodevastation 7 conference in St. Louis, a three-day gathering of opponents of genetic engineering. He and his wife had...
  • European Union's own scientists found new (GM) crops safe

    05/17/2003 9:24:44 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 2 replies · 281+ views ^ | 5-16-03 | Alan McHughen
    <p>Why is the United States taking the European Union to the World Trade Organization court because of its longstanding moratorium against genetically modified crops?</p> <p>Are we simply bullying European consumers by forcing unwanted food down their throats as some suggest? Hardly. The United States, Canada, Argentina, Egypt and nearly a dozen other countries are merely reminding the EU to live up to the contractual provisions it agreed to years ago.</p>