Stories tagged with GMOs

Industrial Agriculture

Farmers advance in their suit against Monsanto

In one corner you have the biotech seed giant, in the other you have 83 non-GMO seed producers, farmers, and agricultural organizations who want Monsanto to stop suing and threatening them.

Food

Bill Gates wants to solve hunger caused by climate change with GMOs

Gates has done his research on the problems climate change is already causing for the global food supply. But he thinks more GMOs, not holistic, soil-based climate change mitigation, is the answer.

Industrial Agriculture

Monsanto’s new seeds could be a tech dead end

In response to Roundup-resistant "superweeds," Monsanto is rolling out a generation of seeds that will also withstand an old, toxic pesticide called 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.

Food

‘Just Label It': New video from the Food, Inc. guy

Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner has a new project about labeling of GMO foods. This one's a short video, not a feature film, so it'll only take three minutes of your life to check it out.

The man whose algae could take over the world

If life is really a disaster movie in which humanity is wiped off the face of the earth, J. Craig Venter will probably be the hubristic genius who gets us there. The man sequenced the human genome in like three years, and now he's focused on the genetic possibilities of algae. The goal is to program those little cells to produce biofuels. Here's his pitch, as told to Scientific American: Everybody is looking for a naturally occurring alga that is going to be a miracle cell to save the world, and after a century of looking, people still haven’t found it. We hope we’re different. The [genetic] tools give us a new approach to being able to rewrite the genetic code and get cells to do what we want them to do. Eek! Mutant algae!

Industrial Agriculture

The next generation of GMOs could be especially dangerous

The next wave of genetic engineering uses microRNA to control pests on industrial farms. But new research out of China shows it could have adverse health effects for human digestion.

Food

The bad food news of 2011

We continue digesting this year’s food politics coverage below — only this time we take account of the things that didn’t go so well. (Tired …

Industrial Agriculture

The bugs that ate Monsanto

The corn rootworm.Photo: Jimmy SmithNow that 94 percent of the soy and 70 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, Monsanto …

Hungary destroys 1,000 acres of Monsanto maize

Genetically modified seeds are banned in Hungary. So when government regulators found that 1,000 acres of maize had been planted with genetically modified seeds, they …