We reported here recently about the Nobel Laureates calling for release of Golden Rice. Another voice has joined the fray: Patrick Moore, self-described “sensible environmentalist” and a “Greenpeace dropout”. Continue reading “Another Voice for Golden Rice”
I believe we need to keep in mind that not all genetically modified products are the same. The procedures used to produce them are a separate issue from the products themselves. Whatever someone’s beliefs are regarding genetic modifications, those concerns should be separated from concerns over whether a food source is safe or not. Rather a food source is derived from GMO or not does not inherently make it good or evil. The proof of the pudding here, is in the eating, so to speak. Continue reading “Genetic Modification:
Process, not Product”
In a story in The West Australian, it’s reported that Monsanto has sold its shares in Australian GMO wheat (Intergrain) to the Australian government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Continue reading “Monsanto Opts Out
of Australia’s Intergrain”
Now that food manufacturers (in this case specifically Nestle) are pledging to use natural ingredients, there appears to be a huge shortage of vanilla. The amount of natural vanilla from vanilla beans available worldwide will only supply a small fraction of the demand. See this Chemical and Engineering News article regarding all the options that are available to food producers. Most of the options (other than synthesizing from petrochemicals) are very expensive. At the heart of the matter is the question: “What constitutes natural?”. Continue reading “Vanilla Shortage?”
A false report has been circulating the internet that Nigeria has released GM rice to the market. There is presently no GM rice even available for consumption world-wide, although there is research being done with several varieties. The report is false, according to the Nigerian government, and was likely crafted to cause panic.
In this IndiaTimes article, Madhvi Sally reports that India is preparing to release an indigenous GM cotton. The new variety reportedly does not infringe on Monsanto’s intellectual property rights and should produce a better yield than that previously used. The key genetic trait is the time it takes from planting to harvest. This strain reduces that time by about a third, reducing the chance for pests to ruin the crop (late season pink bollworm infestation).