Archive for March, 2008

Potential Health Hazards of GM Foods

Over the course of developing genetically modified foods, some of the major biotech companies seem to be trying to rush up having GM crops more commercially available even with a severe lack of adequate testing. With the field of genetic modification and genetic engineering a relatively new technology, most of the scientists haven’t yet been able to come up with a suitable number of standard tests that would really help erase the doubts on the safety of GM crops and foods for human consumption. …

Reasons Why GM Crops Fail to Feed the World

Genetically modified crops have been going through a backlash of criticisms that seem to make it quite unpopular for many consumers. Although the demand for such crops among farmers may be growing for being relatively cost effective, still the demand among the actual consumers for them remain low. Demand among consumers may come from the fact that most may not have an idea of what they are eating may be sourced from GM crops. Labeling issues as well as questions of being an answer to the world f…

Pest Developing Resistance to Biotech Cotton Found

It seems that a common genetically modified crop is beginning to develop new insect enemies. This time, the insects have developed some form of evolutionary resistance to the weapon that such GM plants use for protection. Such is the case that scientists recently have seen from Bt cotton, a genetically modified crop altered to produce Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt toxins, which can kill some insects. According to the ScienceDaily website, a new research report have documented the first known case…

Fortified GM Bananas Developed in Australia

A genetically modified strain of fortified bananas is awaiting approval for limited release in the environment from the OGTR ( Office of the Gene Technology Regulator) in Australia. According to an article in the GMO Compass website, scientists from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia have developed a genetically modified strain of Cavendish bananas that were engineered to contain genes that are expected to to increase pro-Vitamin A, Vitamin E or iron in its fruit. Bananas are b…