Tag: genetic engineering

Breaking Bad, The DNA Files


One day I was a mild-mannered high school biology teacher, content to share my love of all things genetic with the mumble-mouthed, underwhelmed adolescent cretins known as the Class of 2035. Most of my students wouldn’t know Watson and Crick from Abercrombie and Fitch, but that didn’t stop me from extolling daily the virtues of…

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A Pesticide in Every Bite: Monsanto’s New GMO Corn


Last week, the biotech food giant Monsanto announced it is marketing a new variety of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) food: a sweet corn intended for sale as frozen and/or canned food. Unlike most previous GMO crops, which are primarily used for animal feed or highly processed food ingredients (like corn oil or corn syrup),…

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“The Sweetener Formerly Known as High Fructose Corn Syrup”


Recently, High Fructose Corn Syrup has been trying to reinvent its image like it’s Madonna.  In an attempt to improve the negative image of the highly criticized high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the Corn Refiners Association—which represents the makers of the processed sweetener—has petitioned the United States Food and Drug Administration to allow it to start…

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Ohio Victory! Court Rules GMO Milk is Inferior to Natural Milk


Last week an Ohio court gave supporters of natural, non-GMO food a tremendous victory. In reviewing two decades of scientific evidence, the court found that milk produced using Monsanto’s GMO hormone rBGH is inferior to natural milk, and thus the state could not create burdensome labeling rules on food companies that mark their dairy products…

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Alice-in-FDA-Land: More Hypocrisy on GMO Labels


This week, in explaining its position that labels will not be required on genetically engineered (GMO) salmon, FDA says that they legally cannot require such labeling. The agency claims that they are bound by labeling laws, which call for a “material” change in the salmon before labels can be required. A material change, FDA says,…

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GMO Salmon and the Banality of Corruption at FDA


Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a meeting on its preliminary assessment that genetically engineered (GMO) salmon are safe to eat. A couple weeks prior, the agency released eleven years’ worth of data on the GMO fish, giving consumer and health advocates precious little time to review the basis for the…

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Truthiness and Fairness on GMO Labels at FDA


Today the FDA is meeting to discuss labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) salmon. Assuming that the agency makes the experimental fish the first GMO animal approved for human consumption, FDA’s proposal suggests that no labels will be required to let consumers know when they are buying the GMO fish. What’s worse, some suspect that the…

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Take Action Against GMO Food Contamination


It’s been a rough few weeks for those concerned about threats from genetically manipulated (GMO) foods. First, in a recess appointment, President Obama gave the role of chief agricultural trade negotiator to a long-time lobbyist for the GMO crop industry. Next, news reports showed that farmers are facing increasing threats from GMO contamination of their…

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