Mainstream, Vol XLVII, No 29, July 4, 2009 GM Crops are the Highway to Genetic Holocaust
More Lethal than Nuclear Holocaust
There is a world of difference between genetic engineering—of the type that Borlaung did in the 1960s—and the transgenic engineering that is now being pushed through...
ii) The use of GM cotton in South Africa, GM sweet potato in Uganda, GM. maize and sweet potato in Kenya—all showed lower yields, proliferation of super-weeds, compulsive use of many times more of pesticides/ herbicides, soil toxicity, and emergence of newer and newer diseases of both mankind and cattle.
iii) In our country itself, the limited use of GM cotton—named B.T. cotton after the bacillus thuringiensis—led to farmers’ suicides due to higher costs and lower yields
September 21, 2010. Ron Stotish, the chief executive of AquaBounty, has countered that the company has more than addressed the concerns and his product has come under much more scrutiny than most food.
"This is perhaps the most studied fish in history," he said.
"Environmentally, this is a very sustainable technology."
The company has several safeguards in place to allay concerns.
All the fish would be bred female and sterile, though a small percentage may be able to breed.
They would be bred in confined pools where the potential for escape would be very low.
Australian scientists develop the perfect prawn Fri Jul 2, 2010 8:23am BST
(Reuters Life!) - Scientists have come up with a way to satisfy Australians' demand for prawns which have become the nation's main Christmas fare -- a genetically bred strain of larger, black tiger prawns that taste great.
After 10 years of careful breeding and research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists have bred a larger tiger prawn which will reduce the need to import the popular seafood platter and barbecue food.
Seafood allergy sufferers may soon be able to eat prawns without the fear of an adverse reaction. Chinese scientists have taken a promising step towards removing from prawns the proteins that cause an allergic response without resorting to genetic manipulation, reports Lisa Richards in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI.
Li Zhenxing led the research at the Ocean University of China. The team revealed that treating prawns with a combination of heat and irradiation significantly reduced the level of reactive proteins called allergens...
Samuel Lehrer of Tulane University in New Orleans, USA, is already working on removing allergens from prawns using genetic techniques.
January 15, 2011 Green Super Rice and "reducing world hunger"
Green Super Rice (GSR) is bred to perform well in the toughest conditions where the poorest farmers grow rice. GSR is a step away from reaching farmers thanks to a major project led by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
It's often argued that we don't face a food production crisis - we just have food distribution and waste issues. With those resolved, the world could easily be fed at current production rates. According to an article on Next Generation Food, food wasted in the US and Europe could easily bring the remainder of the world where food is scarce up to basic nutritional requirements!
Post by feed the whirled on Aug 20, 2011 18:49:38 GMT -8
Engineering GM food for all - Nina Fedoroff
Saturday, 20 August 2011 16:22
RESPONSES TO FEDOROFF....
A much-touted effort in Kenya to develop a genetically-engineered virus-resistant sweet potato in Kenya failed after 10 years, millions of dollars, and countless hours of effort. Not only did it fail, but researchers in Uganda [pdf] have developed varieties of sweet potatoes resistant to the same virus and with greater levels of beta carotene (Vitamin A)—not with genetic engineering’s tinkering, but with conventional breeding.
Federoff boasts that GMOs reduce pesticide usage, but an analysis of 13 years of commercialized GMOs in the United States actually found a dramatic increase in the volume of herbicides used on these crops that swamped the relatively small reduction in insecticide use attributable to GMO corn and cotton during that same period. On the other hand, an FAO ecological farming program in six countries in West Africa helped farmers reduce chemical pesticide use as much as 92 percent, while increasing their net value of production by as much as 61 percent. www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/13374-engineering-gm-food-for-all-nina-federoff
1st Ld: China sacks officials involved in GM rice test Comtex News Network
BEIJING, Dec 06, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Three officials who had approved and conducted a controversial test of genetically modified (GM) rice on school children in central China's Hunan Province had been sacked, authorities said on Thursday.
new variety of drought-resistant, Vitamin A-enriched sweet potato
In an accompanying letter to the editor, Garner and colleagues make reference to the ‘staggering’ size of DEVTA (2 million children consuming 4 tonnes of vitamin A over 5 years) and delay in publication (6 years since the results were presented in Turkey in 2007). They raise questions about DEVTA. Why did both the vitamin A and deworming interventions have smaller effects than seen in other studies? Why the unusually long delay until publication? Will the uncertainties generated by this study limit funding of other clinical trials? What can we learn from this trial? talkingnutrition.dsm.com/en_US/public/pages/blog/20130314-DEVTA-VitaminA-India-mortality-eyesight.jsp
The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food By Christopher Mims @mims May 21, 2013
Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.
But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store. Contractor’s vision would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store.
Gene Silencing: New Products and New Risks | June 4, 2013
The J.R. Simplot Co. just filed a petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to grant non-regulated status to potatoes genetically engineered (GE) to reduce bruising and suppress levels of acrylamide, a neurotoxin occurring naturally in cooked potatoes. Idaho Potato.
The Simplot potatoes were produced through a new kind of GE—gene silencing. Simplot’s version of gene silencing, called Innate™ technology, adds genetic fragments derived from cultivated and wild potatoes, but no genetic material from unrelated organisms.
WASHINGTON — An apple genetically engineered not to turn brown is putting the Agriculture Department and the apple industry on the spot.
The department appears inclined to approve the so-called Arctic apple, designed by a small Canadian company. First, though, officials must confront some enduring public distaste for genetically modified foods.
Post by luminous lumpiness on Jan 7, 2014 8:53:22 GMT -8
GM tomato gives 45-day shelf life Kalyan Ray, New Delhi, Feb 1, DHNS:
Here is some good news for housewives: A new variety of tomato, which will not rot even after 45 days but remain meaty and succulent, its smooth skin enclosing a jelly of golden seeds and dripping crimson juice, will soon be available with your locality vegetable vendor.
But how soon is soon? That is the bad news: You have to wait for at least a year before you get to taste of the luminous lumpy citrous fruit that will give the same taste and colour to dishes in which they are used.
Tinkering two genes found in perishable fruits and vegetables, scientists at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research here have come out with a genetically modified tomato that retains its texture and firmness for up to 45 days. The findings have been reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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