Tag Archives: patent

Biofortified GM bananas

James Dale is a scientist at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia). His lab has developed a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) banana (Musa × paradisiaca) rich in ‘pro-vitamin A’. Here’s the QUT report. This is the ‘super banana’ … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, food, horticulture, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Roundup weedkiller and Roundup Ready crops

The world’s most popular weedkiller is called Roundup. It’s used in gardens, on farms and in public places. Many of the world’s most popular genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) crops are called Roundup Ready. You can spray these crops with … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ecology, horticulture, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Is organic farming out of date?

There’s evidence that organic methods can be very productive, as I’ll discuss in this blog when I get around to that. I grow food on an allotment here in Britain. There, like many modern allotmenteers, I use organic methods. I … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, food, horticulture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Soya to grow with 2,4-D

Crops genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) to resist Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup (glyphosate) aren’t the only GM crops designed to be grown with weedkiller. GRAIN tells us about a new such crop. It’s a soya (soybean, Glycine max) designed to be … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, food, human health, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Open Source Seeds

Originally posted on Global Food Politics:
A group of researchers and plant breeders based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Thursday announced a new initiative intended to break the monopoly control over plant genetic materials promoted by the use…

Posted in agriculture, horticulture, knowledge transfer, money and trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steve Marsh genetically modified canola court case transcripts to be made available online

Steve Marsh is the farmer I described yesterday, suing his neighbour for ‘reckless’ harvesting of GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) oilseed rape (canola, rapeseed, Brassica napus). Today we learn that court transcripts will be available online. I’m grateful to GM … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Are Monsanto’s GM seeds invincible?

Monsanto is a giant company selling chemicals. It also sells seeds. Some of those seeds are for crops genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) to be grown with Monsanto’s agrochemicals. Monsanto is used to winning legal battles but now a case … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, food, knowledge transfer, money and trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments