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Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells GMO Critics to "Chill Out" 31.7.2014 Mother Jones
Cosmos star Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for defending climate science and the science of evolution . And now, in a video recently posted on YouTube (the actual date when it was recorded is unclear), he takes a strong stand on another hot-button scientific topic: Genetically modified foods. In the video, Tyson can be seen answering a question posed in French about "des plantes transgenetiques"—responding with one of his characteristic, slowly-building rants. "Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food," asserts Tyson. "There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There's no wild cows...You list all the fruit, and all the vegetables, and ask yourself, is there a wild counterpart to this? If there is, it's not as large, it's not as sweet, it's not as juicy, and it has way more seeds in it. We have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them. It's called artificial selection ...
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Spending Soars for Anti-GMO Label Lobbying 30.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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What's To Be Afraid of? Congress Talks GMOs with Biotechnology Proponents 30.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this month, a motley group of witnesses were called to testify before the members of the House Committee on Agriculture: a behavioral economist, an agricultural science professor, a Vermont dairy farmer, and an international development expert. Their message to Congress? Let's see what the facts have to say about the benefits of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As agricultural technology continues to push the biological boundaries of crops and livestock, these developments have received considerable pushback from American consumers, mostly at the grassroots level. Recent "Right to Know" GMO labeling initiatives that have swept through -- but not always succeeded in -- California, Washington, Maine, and Connecticut have brought the controversy to the forefront of national attention. However, more often than not, America's GMO War has been represented as an unfair battle pitting the majority of American consumers with monster agricultural corporations. For obvious reasons, it has become at ...
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Lobbying expenditures against GMO labeling soar this year 29.7.2014 LA Times: Business
The food industry spent $9 million lobbying Congress to oppose laws requiring labeling for genetically modified products in the first quarter of this year, nearly matching its total spending for all of last year, a new report said.
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U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts 29.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods. "We are not going to sit down for that (labeling)," Cathleen Enright, spokeswoman for the effort, said in an interview. It is the mechanism that we can’t abide.” Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers. A speakers' tour and social media advertising are part of the effort.
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Genetic moderation is needed to debate our food future 28.7.2014 New Scientist: Living World
GM is now a term loaded with baggage. Scientists must allow for people's objections to show the public there's nothing "spooky" about it, says Susan ...
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The Corporate Takeover of "All Natural" Food 27.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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5 Myths About Corn You Should Stop Believing 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ahh -- there's nothing quite like a crisp cob of sweet corn in the summer. But even though there's no contesting the deliciousness of corn -- just off the grill is our preference, but also great from the oven or even microwaved -- there seem to be a few myths that persist about the healthfulness of the vegetable. After all, something so sweet and delicious surely has to have a downside, right? Not so. We talked to registered dietitian Jennifer McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to clear up some of the biggest misconceptions surrounding sweet corn. Myth: Corn is unhealthy. No! Corn is a vegetable that contains nutrients, and an ear definitely counts as one of your daily servings of veggies, McDaniel says. The idea that corn is unhealthy likely came about because corn is high in starch, which is a carbohydrate. And "with the carb-phobia phase we went through over the last few years, that's probably where corn got a bad rap, along with the beloved potato," she ...
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Crop Breeding: Renewing the Global Commitment 22.7.2014 WRI Stories
Installment 7 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future explores improvements in crop breeding that have the potential to boost yields, including marker-assisted breeding, genomics-assisted breeding, and advancements in less-studied “orphan” crops. This working paper concludes with a series of recommendations on how to accelerate yield gains through these ...
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Some food companies are quietly dumping GMO ingredients 22.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
General Mills' Original plain Cheerios are now GMO-free. But the only announcement was in a company blog post from January. And you won't see any label on the box highlighting the change.
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Some Food Producers Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients 22.7.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
But even as they create GMO-free products, many of these corporations are fighting state initiatives that would require them to give consumers more information about their ingredients.
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 21.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Chinese Researchers Stop Wheat Disease with Gene Editing 21.7.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

Researchers have created wheat that is resistant to a common disease, using advanced gene editing methods.

Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen—called powdery mildew—that is a major bane to the world’s top food source, according to scientists at one of China’s leading centers for agricultural research.

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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 20.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 20.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Genna Reed

Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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In family run, food for thought 18.7.2014 Philly.com News
In his sixth - or perhaps seventh - pair of running shoes this year, David Wilcox, 15, ran from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to downtown Collingswood. His father, Brett, his aunt, Julie Stuehser, and the family dog, Jenna, ran along with him.
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You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean? 18.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise . But what do those labels really mean? Are we getting what we think we are when we buy "all natural" granola bars or "organic" beef? And how local is "local?" Here's what you need to know about "organic," "local" and "natural" food labels. What is the legal definition of "natural" when it comes to food? Whoops -- there isn't one. We're not kidding, there is no government regulation of the word "natural" for any food. Even though most food labels are highly regulated, the word "natural" remains undefined. The only guidance for what qualifies as natural is nothing artificial or synthetic . Really? Why isn't it legally defined? The answer is a rather philosophical one: What is nature? Nearly every food item for sale is processed in some way. Who is to say that one thing is more natural than the other? Is beet juice natural if it has been squeezed out of the ...
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Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops 17.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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