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Revisiting the “eat local” Idea

Originally posted on Thought + Food:
I just came across this review of a book called “The Locavore’s Delusion”, and yes, it is a nod to that other book, in case you were wondering! The authors of the book tried to…

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Scuba rice: biotech crop on a fast track towards release

A new biotech rice variety called Scuba or Swarna-Sub1 is going through field trials in India. It’s a long-grained rice (Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica) designed to be ‘climate-ready’ or ‘climate-smart’. That is, it’s designed to grow well as climates … Continue reading

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Monsanto Admits: 1. We Don’t Need Genetic Engineering, 2. We Don’t Need Monsanto

Originally posted on Volatility:
> Recently Wired magazine ran a Monsanto infomercial touting its alleged change of strategic course on vegetables. Monsanto, through its subsidiaries Seminis and others, is selling a line of high-end conventional vegetables dolled up as some kind of high-tech breakthrough. Contrary…

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Non-GM success stories

Our world is in crisis! Only genetic modification (GM, genetic engineering, GE) can save us! Yeah, right. Want examples? I do. GM Freeze is a Scottish website proudly against GM crops and foods. Here’s what it says about non-GM success … Continue reading

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Is the law about genetic modification out of date?

In the United States, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) crops and livestock. Heidi Ledford at Nature tells us about loopholes which some researchers now use to avoid the long, costly … Continue reading

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Update on rice after Haiyan

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) have published a report about the damage Typoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) did to farming. Here it is. Filipino farmers grow rice (Oryza sativa) twice each year: … Continue reading

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Wickedness, Mr Paterson?

Here in Britain our Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, is a big fan of genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) crops. For example, he’s in favour of Golden Rice (GR). GR is a GM crop being developed and promoted as a … Continue reading

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Scientific truth about agri biotechnology

Originally posted on Agriculture Information Bank:
NASIR BUTT Introduction of new technologies has always been resisted in any field by the people who are the beneficiaries of the status-quo and those afraid of any new technology. Same thing is happening…

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Getting to the grist about GM (part 3)

My fellow blogger applpy at Thought + Food draws attention to a series of articles about genetic modification. That’s GM, also called genetic engineering or GE. It’s a kind of biotechnology. These articles (see my ‘biotechnology’ tag) are by Nathanael … Continue reading

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GMO Myths and Truths

Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson and John Fagan of the not-for-profit Earth Open Source are two scientists and a journalist. They’re not very impressed with genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering or GE) as a tool for feeding the world. … Continue reading

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