Senators reach deal on labeling

AP writer Mary Clare Jalonick outlines the Senate bipartisan deal to require labeling of GMOs nationally. This action is prompted by several states threatening to enact labeling laws, Vermont being the latest. The law is not as targeted as the Vermont law, however, allowing a ‘text’, ‘symbol’, or electronic label accessed by smartphone.

Read the entire story at the Press Herald

Bayer makes takeover offer for Monsanto

In this BBC story, Bayer is said to have made a takeover bid for Monsanto. The deal, should it happen, would create the world’s largest seed & pesticide supplier. Bayer is the second-largest crop chemical producer behind Syngenta. Monsanto tried unsuccessfully to purchase Syngenta in 2015, with Syngenta accepting an offer from ChemChina (the deal is still under review). See Bayer CEO video here.

NY Times op ed. piece by Jason Kelly

A good read from a scientist/founder of a biotech company that believes GMO foods are safe AND thinks they should be identified on food packaging: Jason Kelly is a founder of a biotechnology company that makes products with genetically modified organisms for the food industry and he believes that food labeling is a good idea. He sides with 88% of his colleagues in thinking that modified foods are safe (see graphic below), although that number is much lower in the general public.

“Foods with bioengineered ingredients are safe, but shrouding them in secrecy breeds doubt and fear. Clear, informative labeling is a first step toward transparency that can build trust and educate consumers.”

Read the entire article here.
Opinion Differences Between Public and Scientists

Study finds Genetically modified foods safe

GMO food safeThe National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded that monkeying with the genetics of our food doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” that some opponents claim – but on the flip side it isn’t producing substantially increased yields, as promised. The committee examined over 1000 studies before coming to their conclusion.

Read the article in the Press/Herald