Tag: GMOs

Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

| February 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It’s a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they’re the same thing.

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Food Industry Groups Say They’ll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Food Industry Groups Say They’ll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

| February 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

In an open acknowledgement that many consumers are annoyed that GMO ingredients aren’t labeled, a coalition announced Thursday that it does support labeling. But it wants a federal standard to be voluntary, and it wants to keep states from passing any more mandatory labeling measures.

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that’s not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren’t hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.

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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Numbers don’t lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the last week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.

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A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’re confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist’s in-depth series questioned its faith.

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This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

| January 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t go brown when you slice it. It’s waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple’s wholesome, all-natural image.

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What’s The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us?

What’s The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us?

| November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Food labels have become battlegrounds. Government regulators, companies and food movement activists have been fighting over what belongs on the label. (GMOs? Trans fats? Claims that bran prevents heart disease?) We asked four big thinkers for their dream food label.

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Washington State Says ‘No’ To GMO Labels

Washington State Says ‘No’ To GMO Labels

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The “no” campaign appears to have an insurmountable lead in early counts with 54 percent of votes. The ballot initiative in favor of labeling had strong public support two months ago. But food companies spent millions to persuade voters that the labels would increase the cost of groceries.

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Golden Rice Study Violated Ethical Rules, Tufts Says

Golden Rice Study Violated Ethical Rules, Tufts Says

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tufts University says that one of its researchers violated ethics rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified “golden rice” in China. The study showed that the rice can fight malnutrition, but researchers didn’t provide enough information to the parents of the children who ate it, Tufts says.

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American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Farmers say they need to produce food as efficiently as possible in order to feed the world. It’s high-tech agriculture’s claim to the moral high ground in the debate over how best to grow food. But is it true?

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Getting to the Bottom of the Peacotum

Getting to the Bottom of the Peacotum

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today, stone fruit season brings in a rainbow of colors and flavors: apriums, pluots, nectaplums, peacharines, pluerries, and even peacotums. Where did these designer breeds come from? What is the difference between hybridization and genetic engineering?

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Colorado Vault is Fort Knox for the World’s Seeds

Colorado Vault is Fort Knox for the World’s Seeds

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

At Colorado State University, billions of seeds and other genetic material sit inside a giant storage vault. They’re kept there in case of a loss of plant or animal life on a regional or global scale. But the investigation into GMO wheat in Oregon has raised questions about security at the facility.

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In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens

In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens

| July 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Government investigators are trying to solve an agricultural whodunit: How did genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale end up in a farmer’s field in Oregon? Some are raising the possibility of sabotage; others suspect simple human error.

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As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Across the corn belt, farmers are pulling out all the stops in their war on the corn rootworm. They’re returning to chemical pesticides, because the weapons of biotechnology — inserted genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm — aren’t working so well anymore.

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