Archive for October, 2007

Monsanto Company Profile

Since this blog tackles issues that concerning genetically modified crops and biotechnology, it is also just as important to feature some of the leading biotech companies today that are pushing for the development of genetic modification with the aim of improving the lives of people in general. One of the largest of these biotech companies is Monsanto. Monsanto is a leading provider of agricultural products all over the world. Monsanto is the leading producer of the herbicide known as glyphosate…

The Next Step in Genetic Modification

In the field of genetic modification, development came in stages. It may have started with more conventional breeding practices such as what was used in the past. Scientists as well as farmers have long been cross breeding plants of the same species in order to acquire the best possible mix of qualities inherent in the two varieties. A good example would be pairing a disease-resistant variety with a fast growing on in order to produce a breed that combines both qualities. But then advancement in…

The Next GM Food: Pest Resistant Eggplant

First there was the genetically modified tomato, then Bt corn and soy. Along the lines of developing such genetically modified plants, scientists were able to look for other plant species that may be able to have a significant impact on the lives of the greater human population. And it seems that the next plant in line would be the eggplant. According to an article in the Science Daily website, a team of Cornell researchers in collaboration with the Sathguru Management Consultants of India have …

Effects of Genetically-Modified Crops on Ecosystem

A number of biotech companies try to make the public focus on the great benefits that GM crops can provide in terms of better yields and more disease and pest resistant crop varieties. Most of the companies are trying their best to keep people see the good about such crops and what they mean for the future. A bright picture they seem to paint for the people to see. But at the end of the day, there are some things that are kept in the dark that may need to come out. Truly, GM crops may provide an…

Terminator Technology and GM Crops

Here is something that has become quite controversial recently in the field of biotechnology. Many people seem to have different views about it and seem to stand on two different sides of the fence. There has been talk going around the development of what has been popularly known as “Terminator Technology”. Terminator Technology is one form of what is called Genetic Use Restriction Technologies or GURT. It is a term used to describe the methods used and developed by biotech companies that would …