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Why there are no long term GMO studies on humans

January 20th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

A very common question or criticism of GMOs is that they are not properly tested, particularly on humans. The spouse and I had a discussion about this a while back and he asked why GMOs weren’t tested like drugs since they’re regulated by the FDA. I’ve read comments such as …

The opportunity, science and politics of GM crops

January 18th, 2016 / Farm Weekly, Australia

Despite the numerous advances made through modern farming, agricultural innovation continues to have more than its fair share of critics, mostly from outside the farming sector. Agriculture touches on almost every aspect of our lives and is impacted by decisions and events in almost every sector – from energy, to …

Digging for seeds of truth in GMO debate

January 18th, 2016 / CBS News, US

By some estimates, 80 percent of all processed foods — cereals, baby formula, canned soups and more — contain at least one GMO, or Genetically Modified Organism. But whether GMOs are safe and whether they should be listed on the label has led to a very big food fight. …

Father of green revolution MS Swaminathan pitches for field trials of GM crops

January 15th, 2016 / Times of India

At the time when many states do not appear to be keen on allowing field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has come out with a solution, suggesting that the country’s premier research institution – Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) – should organize …

Could genetic engineering be a valued tool against climate change?

January 14th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

As we look to the future of agriculture, one issue should dominate the debate: the world’s climate continues to become warmer. Companies and governments have started working with farmers to take steps to reduce the severity of climate change, including the use of biotechnology and genetic modifications. Read …

Mark Lynas: Yes to GMOs, mandatory labeling

January 13th, 2016 / Farm Futures, US

Mark Lynas used to through mud, clandestinely seeking to destroy European GMO crops. “As a scientist, you must have data to back up what you’re saying,” Lynas said. “And I realized I wasn’t holding myself to the same scientific standards on GMOs as I applied to my research on climate …

To feed and sustain the world, we need common ground

January 13th, 2016 / Huffington Post, UK

We know we need to grow more food. We know we can’t keep converting our forests and grasslands to create more farm land, because if we do so it is at the long term environmental peril of the earth. We know we need to reduce food waste, in our farming …

What you need to know about GM (2)

January 13th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Part 2 of a great piece on the broad consensus that the environmental effects of genetically modified plants should be evaluated using science-based assessment procedures, considering each crop individually in comparison to its conventional counterparts.
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Can GM help quench crops’ thirst?

January 13th, 2016 / Ensla, US

The application of GM technology to boosting drought resistance could be an important addition to the toolkit humans can use to adapt to climate change, which is expected to cause longer and more frequent droughts in many of the world’s important food-growing regions. Read …

GM food is essential to address malnourishment

January 11th, 2016 / The Hindu, India

Genetically modified food is not only safe, but also necessary to address issues of malnourishment, particularly in developing countries, said Nobel laureate and molecular biologist Sir Richard John Roberts. “We could do wonders to our food supply with GMOs,” Sir Roberts said, before adding that the campaign against genetically engineered …