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Supreme court ruling not techically a victory for Monsanto after all

Hype haymaker: "The sustainable agriculture world is abuzz today with news of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding an earlier lawsuit, brought by alfalfa farmers, that sought to stop any planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa seed. While the press coverage heralds the ruling as...

GMO wheat could be the next big thing—or maybe not

Sheave ho! Of the top three grains produced in the U.S., only No. 3  wheat (after corn and soybeans) is not overwhelmingly dominated by genetically modified varieties. In fact, you won’t find GM wheat in the United States at all. Henry Miller of the conservative Hoover Institution (and author of "The...

Genetically modified corn growers not obeying rules designed to maintain pest resistance

Stop bugging me: As many as 25% of the American farmers growing genetically engineered corn are no longer complying with federal rules intended to maintain the resistance of the crops to damage from insects, according to a Center for Science in the Public Interest report released Thursday based on EPA...

Indian farmer suicides continue over debt and poor rainfall

Caveat emptor, Africa: Nearly every day, Indian newspapers report more farmer suicides in Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state of 80 million people where 70% of the population depends on agriculture and where small farmers are increasingly in debt. "More than 17,500 farmers a year killed themselves between 2002...

Non-GMO Project gets rolling

Organic a 'dirty room' in need of cleaning: An organic and natural-foods industry group has begun a campaign to test products and label those "Non-GMO" that are largely free of biotech ingredients, reports William Neumann in the Times' Business section. Neumann focuses solely on the competitive business...

Scientific American editors decry research restrictions on GMOs

Free the seeds. The editors of Scientific American — no group of Luddites — say that it is time for producers of genetically modified (GM) seeds to allow independent research on their products. Currently, the purchase of GM seeds, requires agreement to a contract with the producer that stipulates, among...

If biotechnology won’t feed the world, what will? Knowledge, says GE expert Doug Gurian-Sherman

Earlier this week, I asked plant pathologist and molecular biologist Doug Gurian-Sherman to explain some of the science behind genetically engineered crops and their potential — or lack thereof — to feed a more populous, climate-changing world. Today, President Barack Obama is unveiling a $15 billion plan...

Can biotechnology ‘feed the world’? Not likely, says genetic engineering expert Doug Gurian-Sherman

With food shortages provoking riots in recent years, and the world’s population increasing exponentially, Congress will soon be debating the next big U.S. aid package for developing countries. America currently spends about $2.5 billion on food aid, most of it to buy surplus U.S.-grown commodity grains to...

GMOs on their way out, high-tech-assisted conventional breeding is in

Mother Nature's little helpers vs. Wannabe Gods: This story weaves an interesting story around a thread we've seen elsewhere, that companies like Monsanto and Syngenta are shifting away from transgenic seeds (those in which genes from one species of organism are inserted into another) and into using...

Court blocks Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa

But what about Buckwheat, you rascals?: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction barring Monsanto from selling its Roundup Ready alfalfa seed until the government completes an environmental impact study on how the genetically modified product could affect neighboring crops. "This is a...

Monsanto needs new argument for opposing GMO labeling

Monsanto is so un-COOL: Rob Smart, aka @jambutter, recently had a Twitter debate with Monsanto representatives about whether labeling products containing geneitcally modified food would do any harm, and, if so, to whom. "Again and again, Monsanto stresses that mandatory labeling for foods continaing GM...

What Monsanto and “Food, Inc” have in common

Close, but don't light those cigars yet, fellas: The blog Monsanto According to Monsanto writes that "Food, Inc.," like all movies, represents the intellectual property of the people who spent their time, effort, and money into the production of the film. Monsanto's patented seeds are the equivalent of the...

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