Expert Analysis:
GE Crops

August 19, 2015

Researchers call for review of GE crop safety, cite public health concerns over glyphosate, 2,4-D

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook call for a reconsideration of the safety of plant biotechnology due to concern over the impact of herbicides on public health. Continue reading

July 2, 2015

Study from Gilles-Éric Séralini argues food safety trials undermined by chemicals in rat feed

A group of researchers has called into question the validity of rodent feeding trials, used in biomedical research and in the regulation of commercial products, by analyzing the diets of control rats. The research, published in PLOS ONE, was from the lab of Gilles-Eric Séralini. Continue reading

May 28, 2015

Gene editing crops to reintroduce benefits from wild relatives: an organic conundrum?

Reintroducing beneficial properties found in wild plants but missing from their domesticated cousins could strengthen crop varieties and reduce the need for chemical inputs, which would benefit organic farmers looking to increase yields. A paper in Trends in Plant Science argues there is a place in organic agriculture for crops whose genome has been edited to make precise mutations which reintroduce wild-type properties, but where no foreign DNA is inserted. Continue reading

May 11, 2015

EPA green lights spinach genes for genetically engineered orange trees

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted a temporary exemption for two spinach genes to be used in developing transgenic orange trees resistant to citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection currently sweeping through US orange crops. Continue reading

April 30, 2015

What does it mean for food to be ‘GMO-free’?

The mexican food chain Chipotle recently announced that they have removed genetically engineered ingredients from their menu, but will still serve meat and dairy from animals fed on GE feed, and drinks sweetened with GE corn syrup, raising the question of what it really means for food to be ‘GMO-free’. Continue reading

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