Promises of Higher Yields With GM Seeds Refuted

The claims by biotechnology corporations that genetic engineering increases crop yields, and is therefore necessary to feed a growing world population, have also recently been refuted. Failure to Yield, a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists published in April 2009, is the first to evaluate in detail the overall yield effect of genetic engineering. Specifically, the report concludes “no currently available transgenic varieties enhance the intrinsic yield of any crops. The intrinsic yields of corn and soybeans did rise during the twentieth century, but not as a result of GE traits. Rather, they were due to successes in traditional breeding.”

Deconstructing Monsanto’s PR Message on GE Alfalfa

Deconstructing Monsanto's PR Message on GE Alfalfa

Monsanto claims that it is pursuing a legal battle over the right to grow genetically modified alfalfa because it is concerned with farmers, fairness and choice. Yet Monsanto’s appeals in the case have a lot more to do with protecting its right to continue selling GM seeds and pesticides.

USDA and GMOs:  The Roots of Failure

USDA and GMOs: The Roots of Failure

How can the public trust government agencies to ensure the safety of GMOs if those agencies have a long track record of failure? USDA’s regulatory track record begs the question of whether it is a government “regulatory” agency or an industry group.

Monsanto’s False PR Campaign On Public Radio

Monsanto’s money buys the “truth” even on public radio so that it too spreads Monsanto’s PR message “Produce more, Conserve More.” In reality, agriculture a la Monsanto is everything but conservation or sustainability. Read our analysis of Monsanto’s treatment by Marketplace.

Monsanto – The New Big Brother

Monsanto is now the world’s leading agricultural biotechnology corporation and that spells bad news for small farmers. As many farmers have learned, they are not free from the watchful eye of the Big Brother, who, in this case, is Monsanto.

GM Peas – Now On Our Side of the Atlantic

GM Peas – Now On Our Side of the Atlantic

German researchers have successfully transferred a fungal resisting gene found in bacteria and other plants into peas but as a result of high administrative costs and political uncertainty in Germany, they will continue field testing genetically modified peas in United States.

Critique of Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods and Crops in the United States

The United States government consistently promotes its regulatory framework for genetically engineered organisms as comprehensive and strict. Is this a public relations maneuver, wishful thinking or the story of the emperor without clothes?

Your New Tires Could Be Genetically Engineered

Your New Tires Could Be Genetically Engineered

A new breed of genetically engineered dandelions is currently in development and could be implemented in a number of industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical uses. Currently, transgenic dandelions are used to create dandelion-derived latex.

USDA, GMOs, Notification and Nonregulated Status

The USDA provides a number of exemptions for articles that it has determined do not pose a plant pest risk. One of such exemptions authorizes the introduction of certain regulated articles without a permit provided that USDA is notified in advance.

Environmental Protection Agency's Role Under the Toxic Substances Control Act

TSCA provides the EPA with authority to regulate chemical substances which may present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment during manufacture, processing, distribution in commerce, use, or disposal. TSCA applies to uses of substances that are not specifically covered by another statute, i.e., TSCA does not apply to pesticides, food, drugs or cosmetics. TSCA is therefore a “catch-all” or “gap-filler” statute.

U.S. Regulatory Regime of GMO’s – Jurisdiction Of The EPA

U.S. Regulatory Regime of GMO's - Jurisdiction Of The EPA

Any substance produced and used in a living plant, whether through conventional breeding or genetic modification is regulated by the EPA if it is intended to control pests. As such, the EPA has a role in regulating the several types of genetically modified organisms.

Industry's Defense of GMOs - Part II: Further Exploration of the Uses

This is the second of a two part series which explores the biotech industry’s defense of GMOs. The article below explores the common application of genetic technology today in greater detail.

Industry's Defense of GMOs - Part I: GMOs Uses Identified

The most common application of genetic technology today is in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Genetic Modification 101

There are several methods to achieve the exchange of DNA from one living organism into another. Read about the scientific process behind genetic modification.

More on Exponential GMO Growth

As a follow up to my July 16, 2009 post, here are some more interesting statistics. The USDA reports that American farmers have adopted genetically engineered crops widely since their introduction in 1996, notwithstanding uncertainty about consumer acceptance and economic and environmental impacts.

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