Nitrogen-fixing for All Crops Not the Answer

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Editor’s Note: A couple of months ago, I sent this link to Dr. Mae-Wan Ho to see if she had thoughts on the news from the University of Nottingham that they had found a way to manipulate plants so they can take nitrogen directly out of the atmosphere — bypassing the ‘need’ for chemical fertilisers…. Read more »

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing

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Back in 2007, when the words ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ first hit the media spotlight, I wrote an article that sought to steer through all the reductionist scientific responses — where scientists and the public sought silver bullet solutions by trying to pinpoint a single cause for the mysterious and globally widespread disappearance of millions of… Read more »

The Global Land Rush

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Between 2007 and mid-2008, world grain and soybean prices more than doubled. As food prices climbed everywhere, some exporting countries began to restrict grain shipments in an effort to limit food price inflation at home. Importing countries panicked. Some tried to negotiate long-term grain supply agreements with exporting… Read more »

GMO Potato: Cisgenesis is still Genetic Modification with All the Attendant Risks

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The new trial on GM blight-resistant potato is being sold as cisgenic technology to confuse the public, but it is still genetic modification with all the attendant risks — most of which are not addressed. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A new genetically modified (GM) ‘blight-resistant’ potato is currently being tested in a three year large-scale… Read more »

Genes Not Eligible for Patents

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US supreme court’s final ruling on breast cancer gene patents should apply to all other gene patents, especially on deadly viruses such as the recent Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus. by Prof Peter Saunders Gene patents bad for science and bad for health Genes in humans and other organisms should not be patentable (see [1]… Read more »

This Little Piggy was Fed GMOs

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by Shicana Allen, Institute for Responsible Technology Dr. Judy Carman, associate professor in Health and the Environment at Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia) and a team of seven other co-authors and scientists have released results of a long-term, peer-reviewed toxicology study that has found even more adverse effects resulting from the consumption of genetically modified… Read more »

Across the Board, European Farms Planting Non-GMO Seeds More Successful than GMO Crops in the U.S.

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by Shicana Allen, Institute for Responsible Technology On its website, Monsanto uses the slogan “Producing more, Conserving more, Improving Lives” and celebrates the five-year anniversary of its 2008 Sustainable Yield Initiative. Calling itself a “sustainable agriculture company… developing better seeds and systems to help farmers with productivity,” the biotech giant boasts that, despite anti-biotechnology activist… Read more »

How Non-GM Cassava Can Help Feed the World

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Great strides are being made in improving this important staple through conventional breeding by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The hidden importance of cassava Cassava is a food that most people in a country like the UK… Read more »

Why GMOs Can Never be Safe

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The new genetics tells us that organisms need to engage in natural genetic modification in order to survive; artificial genetic modification interferes fundamentally with the natural process, and it is well-nigh impossible to avoid doing so. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho This report is based on invited lectures delivered in GMOs and Food Safety International Forum… Read more »

US Staple Crop System Failing from GM and Monoculture

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Resilience, yields, pesticide use, and genetic diversity, all worse than Non-GM Europe by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A new study shows that the US Midwest staple crop system — predominantly genetically modified (GM) — is falling behind other economically and technologically equivalent regions. Western Europe, matched for latitude, season and crop type as well as economic… Read more »

Ban GMOs Now – Health & Environmental Hazards Especially in the Light of the New Genetics

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The most exhaustive, and up-to-date summary of the dangers of GM agriculture for 2013. GM agriculture is a recipe for disaster, as this report will make clear. It is also standing in the way of the shift to sustainable agriculture already taking place in local communities all over the world that can truly enable people… Read more »