Archive for April, 2008

Herbicide Tolerant Plants Can Help Improve Water Quality

Although genetically modified crops are getting so much flak today, there seems to be some instances where they may provide some positive benefits in some areas related to farming and the environment. According to an article on the sciencedaily website, a team of researchers found out that genetically modified herbicide tolerant crops may have helped reduce herbicide runoff in watersheds and improve water quality in a four-year span. A four-year study conducted by soil scientists Martin Shipital…

Report Says GM Has No Role in Solving World Hunger and Poverty

In an article on the GM Watch website, many of the world’s leading scientists have condemned current industrial farming practices and see no role of genetic engineering in solving the hunger crisis in the world today, so says in the report released by International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). In the midst of soaring prices of commodities in the world market and record high food prices, the need for urgent change in the agricultural sector worldwide…

Getting Down on GM Food Labeling

Labeling GM food has been under close scrutiny especially in the United States. It seems that most biotech companies are against it for fear that it will prevent consumers from eventually avoiding buying foods that might contain genetically modified crops as ingredients. But lack of proper labeling might work against the consumers themselves when it comes to having the right to know. Different camps on the debate seem to have their own reasons and it is important that more people should be able …

The Fate of GM Crops

Too many times have we heard that genetic engineering may provide the answer to the world’s problems in agriculture. But up until now, doubts and fears still seem to be in the minds of many people when faced with the idea of using or consuming food coming from a genetically modified crop. Adherents to the technology believes that the only way to improve global practices to increase yields and enjoy better harvests is through genetic engineering. It seems that such people are keen on selling the …