United States (OW) – New varieties of GMOs come with instructions to douse the earth with toxic herbicides. For many years, genetically engineered crops were said to be environmentally responsible. Those crops have genes from different species implanted in them, giving them traits they normally wouldn’t have. Companies like Monsanto that produced such strains claimed they were good for the planet. One genetically engineered crop variety is specifically designed to withstand exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which Monsanto claimed broke down quickly in the soil. With these “Roundup Ready” crops, farmers can spray their entire fields with Roundup, trusting that Read MoreRead More
North America (Ensia) – After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year. On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon. More than 20 years after first seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AquaBounty Technologies of Maynard, Massachusetts, plans Read MoreRead More
Have you ever had a so-called ‘know it all’ friend who was proven wrong in front of a crowd? If so, do you remember how it felt? Maybe satisfying, especially if you debated them without gaining much ground. Here’s an interesting question: Did that friend, after being proven wrong, still cling to their shaky assumptions? Well, that’s precisely what happened when a gene researcher decided to eat genetically modified lettuce on television.
Swedish plant biologist Stefan Jansson was interviewed by a TV reporter regarding a new method of genetic modification. CRISPR, as it’s called, focuses specific molecules to allow for ultra-precise gene modifications. Jansson’s stunt coincided with a piece by The Atlantic claiming the new technique–called CRISPR–could “usher in a new era of delicious GMO foods.” According to GM Watch, Janson offered to eat a plate of modified cabbish he’d grown in his garden. He’d reputedly been supplied the seeds by anonymous researchers ‘outside Sweden’.Read More