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  • Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

    07/28/2016 3:12:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 4:57 PM EDT
    The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, officials in the British Island territory said. Genetically altered male mosquitoes, which don’t bite but are expected to mate with females to produce offspring that die before reaching adulthood, were released in the West Bay area of Grand Cayman Island, according to a joint statement from the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit and British biotech firm Oxitec. …
  • Look Who's 'Anti-Science' Now

    07/01/2016 5:45:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/1/2016 | Staff
    Green Wars: It takes a lot of gall to accuse people of being anti-science dunderheads while ignoring science yourself. Yet that's precisely what Greenpeace is doing when it comes to the safety of "genetically modified" foods. More than 100 Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, medicine and other sciences this week signed a blistering letter attacking Greenpeace's "fact-challenged propaganda campaign against innovations in agricultural biotechnology." "Greenpeace and their allies have claimed falsely that GMOS are dangerous, untested and inadequately regulated," the letter states. "But the science telling us GM crops and foods are safe has been confirmed by vast experience."...
  • German chemical giant in talks to buy Monsanto [Bayer]

    05/19/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 May 2016 11:56 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer and the US group Monsanto said Thursday they are in talks on a possible merger to create a global player in pesticides, seeds and genetically modified crops, following weeks of speculation about a possible tie-up. Both sides have emphasized that the talks are still only exploratory at this stage and neither has mentioned how much any proposed deal would be worth. But with Monsanto’s market value estimated at around $42 billion (€37.5 billion), observers say it would be bigger than the recent acquisition of Switzerland’s Syngenta by China National Chemical Corp. […] The US group has...
  • Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon

    05/07/2015 2:27:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists. Spider silk is one of the more extraordinary materials known to science. The protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can make. The dragline silk spiders use to make a web’s outer rim and spokes is amazing stuff. It matches high-grade alloy steel for tensile strength but is about a sixth as dense. It is also highly ductile, sometimes capable of stretching to five times its length. This combination of strength and...
  • This is bullet-proof human skin – made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really.

    08/15/2011 9:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    io9 ^ | 8/15/11 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. Jalila Essaidi is testing the limits of human endurance, and it starts by having to milk spider-goats. Spider goats are otherwise innocent-looking goats that have been genetically engineered to produce milk packed with the protein made in spider's silk. (There is no definitive proof that this also gives them a propensity to skitter up walls or hide out in your sock drawer, but I think it does.) Once the goats are milked, Essaidi spins the protein into fiber that is ten times stronger than steel,...
  • In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national's seed theft exposes vulnerability

    04/11/2016 12:30:08 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2016 | Julia Edwards
    ARLINGTON, Iowa (Reuters) - Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn seeds. Along with other farmers in this vast agricultural region, he has upped his vigilance ever since Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S. authorities in 2013 of digging up seeds from Iowa farms and planning to send them back to China. The case, in which Mo pleaded guilty in January, has laid bare the value -- and vulnerability -- of advanced...
  • Going Green and Frankenfood

    01/14/2016 7:54:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    New abundance of food and fodder in the world is not only a result of genetic modifications. Greening of the world is also the consequence of the atmospheric carbon dioxide level that’s beneficial to plants worldwide The world is going green – literally, in all kinds of places that were desert-like before. Have you ever been in an airplane crossing the semi-arid foot hills of the Rocky Mountains and looking down at the ground? You’ll have seen large green, circular patches between the miles of dry brown land. Those patches are irrigated fields sprouting vegetables and fruits of various kinds....
  • GMOs, Grains, Gluten, and Your Immune System - CHTV Episode 6

    11/30/2015 8:25:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Dr. Daniel Pompa
    There are two main reasons grains need to be eliminated from the diet. The first reason is that most grains are genetically modified (GMO), which causes the denaturing of proteins and carbohydrates to the point where your body does not recognize them as foods. Your immune system will create an inflammatory reaction in response to these denatured foods. There is much media attention about gluten today. Gluten is just one denatured protein in grains that is causing a host of problems at the cellular level. Many consumers are hearing about the dangers of gluten, and are selecting other grains that...
  • The Meaninglessness Of Ben Carson’s Views On Egyptian Pyramids [the money quote]

    11/05/2015 12:55:00 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 117 replies
    Red State ^ | October 5, 2015 | streiff
    ".... I certainly don't agree with Carson on this but neither do I think it is terribly material to anything. If you are trying to make a case that Carson is an idiot or against science, I think it takes more than a religious conviction to discredit an internationally prominent neurosurgeon with a string of articles published in scholarly medical journals. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton believes in man-induced global warming. Many of the same people criticizing Carson actually believe that gender has nothing to do with chromosomes or endocrinology or physiology. When it comes to GMOs, especially seeds...
  • New Donald Trump Video Series "Trump Talks". He Takes Your Calls.

    09/02/2015 6:02:28 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 20 replies
    Youtube.com/StevenCrowder ^ | 08/02/2015 | Steven Crowder
    This one's all in good fun. But a new video series, "TrumpTalks" in which Donald Trump takes calls from you, the voters. Do not click if you don't like comedy or are easily offended by even the slightest of jokes at Donald Trump's expense.
  • Sausalito Marin City School District Becomes Nation's First Organic, GMO Free District

    08/28/2015 8:17:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28/15 | Tamara Palmer
    One Marin County school district hopes to set a national example when it comes to healthy eating. Sausalito Marin City School District started serving only organic and GMO-free meals to students this week, becoming the first school district in the nation to do so. It's an extension of what is considered to be a successful pilot program begun in 2013 at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City. The other school in the district, Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, has now joined Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in installing a permanent program. “The results speak for themselves,” Steve Van Zant, superintendent...
  • Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

    08/23/2015 7:40:52 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/23/2015 | Christopher Pala
    Local doctors are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn that’s been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnesses Pediatrician Carla Nelson remembers catching sight of the unusually pale newborn, then hearing an abnormal heartbeat through the stethoscope and thinking that something was terribly wrong. The baby was born minutes before with a severe heart malformation that would require complex surgery. What worried her as she waited for the ambulance plane to take the infant from Waimea, on the island...
  • Moreland Farmers Pantry is closing a year after gay marriage controversy

    08/18/2015 4:24:09 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 37 replies
    OregonLive ^ | August 18, 2015 | Anna Marum
    Just a little more than a year after it opened, the Moreland Farmers Pantry is closing. Residents of Portland's Westmoreland neighborhood were originally excited for the arrival of a 5,000-square-foot store stocked -- as it advertised -- with non-genetically modified products. But excitement turned to anger for some after comments on the owner's personal Facebook page were made public. In a 2013 post by owner Chauncy Childs, operating under a pseudonym, she said that although she doesn't judge gay people or their desire to be married, and it isn't her place to form opinions about their lifestyle, she thought gay...
  • Food labeling, Hollywood-style

    08/18/2015 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2015 | Joanna Lidback
    The first clue that Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t know what she was talking about on Capitol Hill earlier this month came with the first words she spoke: “I’m here as a mother.” Apparently, the actress thinks that any mom can show up in Washington and hold a press conference that attracts lawmakers and the media. Memo to Ms. Paltrow: The rest of us moms don’t have that celebrity power. We haven’t won Oscar awards, assumed glamorous roles in the “Iron Man” movies, or married (let alone divorced) rock stars. But Ms. Paltrow has done all of these things so, of course,...
  • The Super Common Oil That Science Now Shows Is Worse Than Sugar

    08/10/2015 3:59:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 107 replies
    eat CLEAN ^ | July 27, 2015 | Marygrace Taylor
    If you think that sugar is the unhealthiest thing you can eat, you're wrong. Apparently, the Worst Food on the Planet Award should actually go to soybean oil, suggests new findings published in the journal PLoS One. Setting up a sort of dietary cage match, researchers fed mice a series of diets each containing 40% fat. The fat in the first diet was primarily saturated and came from coconut oil, while the fat in the second diet was primarily unsaturated and came mostly from soybean oil. The researchers also fed mice two altered versions of the high-fat diets that also...
  • Chipotle—GMO and Minimum Wage Issues

    07/14/2015 4:06:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/14/15 | Jack Dini
    Chipotle claims they have stopped serving food from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What are the health risks from eating genetically modified food? There aren’t any. Twenty-five years of scientific studies have shown no evidence of harm from the use of GM crops. A recent report from the European Union found that ‘the main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not more risky to consume than conventional plant...
  • DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars

    06/27/2015 8:25:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 60 replies
    Hacked ^ | 6/25/15 | Giulio Prisco
    DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars Biotech, Space, Synthetic Biology June 25, 2015 by Giulio Prisco 435SHARES TwitterLinkedinFacebook The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes that it's on the way to creating synthetic organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth, Motherboard reports.Speaking at a recent biotech conference hosted by DARPA, Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO) said: For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not...
  • H.R. 1599 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would end states’ rights to label GMO foods

    06/23/2015 11:52:38 AM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    Echo Child's Play ^ | 07 June 2015 | Jennifer Lance
    Would take away a state's rights once and for all to require labeling of GMO foods. 70 bills have been introduced in over 30 states to require some sort of labeling of genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO).1)http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/976/ge-food-labeling/state-labeling-initiatives#  Although very few of these bills or initiatives have passed into actual law, and many have been challenged in court, a new congressional bill would take away the state’s rights once and for all to require labeling of GMO foods.H.R.1599 2)https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1599/text, ironically labeled the  Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 has been renamed the DARK (Deny Americans the Right...
  • The hard-to-swallow truth about vitamin pills

    06/20/2015 11:07:42 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 20, 2015 | Christopher Labos
    More than half the Canadian population regularly uses vitamins and minerals in order to stay healthy, according to Health Canada. Yet most are likely not aware that high doses of many common vitamins can increase the risk of cancer or death. “Vitamins have become synonymous with health, but there’s this false idea that, if a little bit is good, a lot has to be better,” says Dr. Tim Byers, associate dean at the Colorado School of Public Health. Byers challenged this idea recently at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting. “We now have direct evidence that a lot...
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

    05/31/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by cutty · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money. Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency .... fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments,...
  • Cynthia McKinney: The Government is Using Vaccines to Give Black Kids Autism

    05/24/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by rightistight · 83 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/24/15 | Aurelius
    In an interview... former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney contended that vaccines give children autism. Not only that, but she believes that it is knowingly being given to black children by the government despite the fact, she says, that they are more susceptible to getting it. "It’s reminiscent of eugenics," she explained. ...Citing a "whistleblower," Ms. McKinney explained, "The omitted data suggested," she said, "that African American males who received the MMR (that’s mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Now, the risk was like 300 percent, I mean it was like, as he...
  • 500 protesters march against ag giant Monsanto

    05/23/2015 7:33:43 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 23, 2015 | J.K. Dineen
    Beekeepers. Physicians. Organic farmers. Preschool teachers. Parents of autistic kids. Those were some of the groups represented Saturday in a march against the controversial biotech and agricultural giant Monsanto, which is often cast as Public Enemy No. 1 by those opposed to genetically modified foods. As many as 500 people — many dressed like bumblebees and butterflies — filled Justin Herman Plaza around noon and then marched down the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf. Many held signs with slogans like “Evil Seed of Corporate Greed” and “GMOs Cause Autism and Cancer.”
  • Wi-Fi Doctor Turns Up on Fox & Friends

    05/22/2015 1:05:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, you know, as sure as I called it, I'm telling you, remember the story we had yesterday on the Wi-Fi? A supposed doctor -- he's a doctor of environmental science -- has released his results from surveys or research or whatever that 5% of the population is susceptible to Wi-Fi sickness. And if you were here yesterday I spent a little bit of time on this 'cause I saw it was a lead item on Drudge, and I said, "I know what that means. Here we go." A totally manufactured new illness to create panic and...
  • Home-Brew: Scientists Tweak Yeast to Grow Morphine

    05/19/2015 8:16:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 5-19-15 | Maggie Fox
    Researchers have figured out how to get yeast to produce morphine, codeine and other similar drugs and have immediately urged regulators to control these drug-brewing yeasts before people start trying to make them at home. They genetically engineered simple brewer's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and came up with a strain that can make very complicated plant compounds that include opioid drugs such as morphine, as well as some antibiotics and muscle relaxants. It's an important technical step, because now these drugs have to be synthesized directly from plants—an inefficient process. The yeast process isn't that efficient yet, either, but once it's...
  • Discovery lays the foundation for yeast-based drug synthesis [Morphine,& Opioids!]

    05/18/2015 12:06:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Journal reference: Nature
    Fans of homebrewed beer and backyard distilleries already know how to employ yeast to convert sugar into alcohol. But a research team led by bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has gone much further by completing key steps needed to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing morphine and potentially other drugs, including antibiotics and anti-cancer therapeutics. Over the past decade, a handful of synthetic-biology labs have been working on replicating in microbes a complex, 15-step chemical pathway in the poppy plant to enable production of therapeutic drugs. Research teams have independently recreated different sections of the...
  • Chipotle to Stop Serving Genetically Altered Food

    04/27/2015 4:38:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04/26/15 | STEPHANIE STROM
    In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients. “This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.” In 2013, Chipotle was the first restaurant chain to indicate which items contained genetically modified organisms,...
  • Establishment GOP Claims McCain Challenger Kelli Ward Believes Chemtrails Conspiracy Theory

    04/26/2015 4:25:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2015 | Michelle Moons
    It may be early in the process for 2016 campaigns, but that’s not stopping political operatives from scurrying to suppress promising potential John McCain Senate seat challengers from pressing forward. Cue critics of Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward. “Only the political elite would make listening to voter concerns a bad thing,” Ward told Breitbart News concerning attacks coming against her from political and media sources. Ward recently began an exploratory committee to challenge McCain, now seeking his sixth 6-year term, for election to the U.S. Senate.
  • Liberal Activist Threatens to Rob Christian-Owned Pizza Shop Over Religious Freedom Act

    04/02/2015 5:48:47 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    rightwingnews.com ^ | april 2, 2015
    Austin Kasso posted on his own Facebook page that he is disgusted that Memories Pizza of Walkerton, Indiana, has raised over $100,000 on a GoFundMe.com pageset up to help the restaurant get over the attacks on it fostered by the militant gay lobby and the media. But Kasso–the founder of Red Giant, a non-GMO food activist group–went further to vent his rage at Christians by going to the GoFundMe page to warn the pizza shop that he intended to rob them of the $100,000. St. Louis radio host Dana Loesch discovered Kasso’s threat and Tweeted it out… -snip Kasso, though, came...
  • Monsanto Settles Farmer Lawsuits over (Escaped) Experimental GMO Wheat

    03/22/2015 4:03:55 PM PDT · by jonatron · 13 replies
    Organic Consumers ^ | 11/12/14 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" wheat, which was never approved by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field in 2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was destroyed or stored away. South Korea and Japan temporarily halted purchases of U.S. wheat after the announcement on fears the unapproved wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup...
  • Weedkiller alert over cancer link (GMO)

    03/21/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by opentalk · 190 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 21, 2015 | Camilla Turner
    The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared that one of the UK’s most widely used weedkillers is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.Amateur gardeners and professional farmers have been urged to “think very carefully” about using the popular herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. A summary of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) report, published in The Lancet Oncology, said that the herbicide had been detected “in air during spraying, in water, and in food”.It had also been detected “in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption”....The IARC's report said that its use has increased sharply with the...
  • Popular weed killer deemed “probable carcinogen” by UN (glyphosate, e.g. “Roundup”)

    03/20/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 2:25 PM EDT | Maria Cheng
    One of the world’s most popular weed killers—and the most widely used kind in the U.S.—has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming. […] The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk. Glyphosate is in the same category of risk as things like anabolic steroids and...
  • National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science

    03/19/2015 7:32:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 60 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | March 19, 2015 | Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley
    National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science by Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley Published: 19 March 2015 (GMT+10) National Geographic (NG) is a respected popular science magazine with millions of subscribers. So it is unfortunate when they use that platform to promote anti-creation propaganda under the guise of science. The cover of the March 2015 issue is “The War on Science”, and the featured article by science writer Joel Achenbach, “The age of disbelief”, intends to explain why so many people doubt the scientific establishment on a range of issues—from global warming to vaccines to the Apollo moon...
  • Bill Nye now agrees with Ted Cruz that GMOs are good things

    03/09/2015 5:08:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas told the Iowa Ag Conference that it was time to “push back” on “anti-science zealotry” concerning GMOs or genetically modified organisms, according to a Saturday story in the Washington Times. GMOs are crops that have been modified to have desirable traits, such as resistance to pests or to contain certain helpful vitamins and nutrients that they otherwise would not have. Oddly enough, Bill Nye, the former “science guy” and former GMO opponent has come around to Cruz’s point of view. Nye, who is not a scientist but played one once on Children’s television, has joined in...
  • Hating Humanity by Opposing Science

    02/16/2015 9:27:45 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/15 | Alan Caruba
    People live longer, healthier lives because of science, Genetic modifications, Vaccines. Friends of the Earth and others who oppose such advances want you to die. Humans are a plague on the Earth They don’t want to admit it, but we know it’s true. There are countless organizations that hate humanity enough to do everything in their power to put a stop to anything that might benefit it. Their focus is on the use of science to improve and protect our lives. A recent example is the discussion over the need to ensure youngsters are vaccinated against measles. When I was...
  • Junk Food more Deadly than War, Famine, Genocide Researchers reveal disturbing numbers

    02/16/2015 6:51:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 111 replies
    Natural Society ^ | 2/16/15 | Christina Sarich
    A new study from the School of Medical Sciences at Australia’s University of New South Wales points to profound brain changes that junk food causes, making a junk food habit “more deadly than war, famine, and genocide”. “We observed that rats fed a cafeteria diet for 2 weeks showed impaired sensory-specific satiety following consumption of a high calorie solution. The deficit in expression of sensory-specific satiety was also present 1 week following the withdrawal of cafeteria foods. Thus, exposure to obesogenic diets may impact upon neurocircuitry involved in motivated control of behavior.” "the consumption of junk food overrides this natural...
  • Fields of Gold: GMO-Free Crops Prove Lucrative for Farmers

    02/03/2015 2:05:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 02 Feb 2015 | Jacob Bunge
    Last spring, for the first time in 20 years, Indiana farmer Jim Benham planted his fields entirely with soybean seeds that hadn’t been genetically modified to withstand herbicides. It wasn’t because the 63-year-old suddenly had embraced the anti-GMO movement. Instead, he was drawn to a nearly 14% per-bushel premium for non-GMO soybeans offered by a local grain terminal, which sells them to Asian feed processors. Mr. Benham is among a small but growing number of Midwestern farmers moving away from biotech seeds developed by Monsanto Co. , DuPont Co. and other companies in response to lower crop prices over the...
  • Food Politics Is The New Christian Asceticism

    02/02/2015 5:08:56 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 81 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 2, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Food is one issue that unites the far left and the Christian right in America. This hasn’t always been the case but in the last decade the Christian right has begun to embrace the radical food politics of the left. For Christians it has become a new form of asceticism. Paul tells us in 1 Tim 4:1-4: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to...
  • 80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!

    01/18/2015 1:15:30 PM PST · by dila813 · 48 replies
    io9 ^ | January 18, 2015 Yesterday 11:08am Today 11:08am | Robbie Gonzalez
    A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics found that 80.44% of respondents supported a government policy mandating labels on foods containing DNA. Not GMOs. DNA, the genetic material contained in every living thing known to science and practically every food, GMO or otherwise.
  • 'Cancer is the best way to die' says UK medical expert

    01/01/2015 1:07:49 PM PST · by the scotsman · 99 replies
    ITV News ^ | 1st January 2014 | ITV News
    'Cancer is the best way to die, according to a former editor of The British Medical Journal. Richard Smith, who is chairman of the board of directors of medical smartphone app Patients Know Best, believes the opportunity to reflect on life before it ends is important. In an article published in The BMJ, the 62-year-old wrote that while most people tell him they would prefer a sudden death, he thinks that is very hard on the families of the deceased.'
  • Consumer Trends: Synthesizing food

    11/20/2014 8:53:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 19, 2014 | Suzanne B. Bopp
    In a way, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not really news anymore, since farmers have had access to that technology for a couple of decades already. So what is the new frontier in food production? The latest step in genetic engineering — at least as it pertains to our food system — is called synthetic biology, which applies the principles of engineering to the fundamental components of biology. Instead of mixing one engineered gene into an existing organism (which is what happens with most of today’s GMOs), these scientists are creating large clusters of genes synthetically. They can essentially design...
  • Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over GMO Lawsuit

    11/16/2014 6:00:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 15, 2014 | Miriam Coleman
    Neil Young is seeking a new source for his daily latte. The rocker announced on his website this week that he's boycotting Starbucks over the coffee company's involvement in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont's new requirements to label genetically modified ingredients.
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Food for Thought: Ben & Jerry’s goes GMO-free

    11/10/2014 8:39:21 AM PST · by John David Powell · 15 replies
    NewsFix ^ | 11/3/14
    Nothing says summer like being on the beach and licking on a cone with your friends. But, have you ever thought about what’s in that ice cream? Turns out that it has some ingredients you might want to think twice about. And those are called genetically modified organism products, or GMOs for short. GMOs are exactly what the name says: food products that have been genetically altered. That means they are not the same as what Mother Nature intended. Kinda like human growth hormones for food. It may not always be a good thing. Folks like those at the Non-Gmo...
  • U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.

    11/08/2014 7:36:38 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 11/7/2014 | ANDREW POLLACK
    A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried. The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping or storage can lose value or become unusable.
  • Monsanto posts larger-than-expected 4Q loss

    10/08/2014 8:50:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 11:38 AM EDT | Matthew Perrone
    Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. reported a wider-than-expected loss Wednesday for its fourth quarter on higher expenses, including a one-time legal settlement. The company’s earnings forecast for 2015 also fell short of analysts’ expectations as Monsanto said it expects “continued industry headwinds.” […] The loss came despite higher sales of the company’s two key business units, genetically-engineered seeds and herbicide. …
  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

    09/27/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by LucyT · 79 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 26, 2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat... in a second location in the United States... in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The department said it is investigating the discovery of the Montana wheat, which is a different variety than the genetically modified wheat found in Oregon.
  • Obama: Assad Shooting At American Planes Would Lead To His Overthrow

    09/14/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    NYT/BI ^ | Sep. 14, 2014, 10:12 AM | Michael B Kelley
    President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports. If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system," Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account."
  • The GMO Fight Ripples Down the Food Chain

    08/08/2014 10:05:59 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07 Aug 2014 | Annie Gasparro
    Facing Consumer Pressure, More Firms Are Jettisoning GMOs From Their Foods Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals.This fall, nearly a year behind schedule, it expects to finish phase one, affecting its flavorful "chunks and swirls" like cookie dough and caramel. The only part left to convert: the milk that makes ice cream itself. Thanks to the complexities of sourcing milk deemed free of genetically modified material, that could take five to...
  • GMO tobacco ‘mystery serum’ rescues Ebola virus victims

    08/06/2014 1:57:18 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 67 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | 8/6/2014 | Meredith Knight
    When American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 2, he had reportedly already had one course of treatment with an experimental drug called ZMAPP made with genetically engineered tobacco. Although it has only been tested previously in animals, the FDA is rumored to have authorized emergency approval for the drug for Brantly and another American who contracted the virus doing medical aid work in Liberia during the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak. MAPP is produced by a small San Diego-based biotech company. The scientists use a common tobacco bacteria, genetically engineered with different components of the...
  • Lambs to the GMO Slaughter

    07/29/2014 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    American diets are being bombarded with genetically modified foods. Big seed companies initiate it. Big government enables it. Big food business loves it. But Americans are the ones paying the price through their pocketbook and especially their health. And worst of all, as the old song goes, it may be "killing you softly." For those who may be unaware, genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified or engineered seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests....