Environmentalist Petitions India’s Court for GMO Moratorium

GMO India: Supporters of Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), protest against genetically modified mustard outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ministry had earlier made public an all clear report given to genetically modified mustard by a technical body which also said that it was fit for consumption. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Supporters of Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), protest against genetically modified mustard outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ministry had earlier made public an all clear report given to genetically modified mustard by a technical body which also said that it was fit for consumption. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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Can you tell the difference?

Here is a quiz, testing to see whether you can tell the differentiate GMO vs non-GMO organic food by just looking at them. I went looking for the photo below on the net after seeing it used on a site bashing Monsanto and found the quiz. Take it and report back here how well you did. Of course, I’ve already given you the answer to question 2 below. I was surprised to see the difference in these tomatoes.

gmo vs non-gmo

 

EU Rejects GM Maize Use

By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In the wake of lobbying by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), the European Parliament has rejected GMO maize use in its member states. This is the fifth time in a year that they’ve rejected maize. Member states will likely vote on the issue next month. Continue reading “EU Rejects GM Maize Use”

Monsanto Licenses
CRISPR Technology

Monsanto tests its products in Greenhouses not unlike these. By National Rural Knowledge Exchange (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Monsanto tests its products in Greenhouses not unlike these. By National Rural Knowledge Exchange (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Monsanto announced last week that it has licensed the use of CRISPR technology from The Broad Institute. The exciting technology will be used to further its seed business, which is committed to producing seed that has a better yield, or is more drought-resistant, or other desirable properties. There are 2 important caveats that come with the licensing. Continue reading “Monsanto Licenses
CRISPR Technology”

Non-browning Apple
Now ‘Nonregulated’

Non-browning apple
By Rodrigo.Argenton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has made a finding of No Significant Impact to the GE Artic Fuji apple. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc has developed the apple to resist browing. The mechanism by which browning occurs (during harvest or preparation, especially in sliced apple preparations) is caused by a reaction catalyzed by polyphenol oxidase (PPO). Continue reading “Non-browning Apple
Now ‘Nonregulated’”