In the National Academy of Science's genetically engineered crop study report released a few days ago, they proposed a new regulatory framework for analyzing the safety of any crop variety that relies on a technology called "omics"? So what in the world is an omic and how is it useful? There are many different types … Continue reading Okay, so what the heck are “omics”?
This morning, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a consensus report titled “Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops: Experiences & Prospects”. You can download the full 400 page report which includes a four page summary here. The public release of the report was accompanied by a webcast including a presentation of the report followed by a … Continue reading Editorial Summary of the National Academy of Science’s Consensus Report on Genetically Engineered Foods
I grew up on a cattle ranch, which means I ate beef for every meal. My plates included parts of a cow that would make most readers blush. Chicken might as well have been a vegetable. When I left rural eastern Colorado, I was surprised to meet people who considered my family's beef dependance not only … Continue reading What’s everyone’s beef with beef?
The lowdown: The European Union has approved the cultivation of one GMO and importation of many (with more on the horizon). The European Commission and European Academies Science Advisory Council, like other government and scientific associations around the world, supports the evidence-based conclusion that GMOs currently on the market are not any less safe than their … Continue reading So you heard GMOs are banned in Europe…
Sorry Mark Wahlberg, this is not a prequel to the 2008 sci-fi thriller “The Happening,” but maybe M. Night Shyamalan was onto something. Could plants learn that large groups of people are threatening, then kill them with an aerosol neurotoxin? Probably not. But they do learn, remember, forget, and even make decisions in some capacity. If … Continue reading It’s the plants. They’re learning. They…remember