Archive for April, 2010

Spotting Genetically-Modified Foods

Let us go back to basics: How can you tell if the food you are eating is genetically modified? Chances are, you can never tell. Some GM foods, however, have subtle differences that can easily be spotted by the naked eye. For instance, broccolini is a genetically-modified crop consisting of broccoli infused with a gene from Chinese kelp, resulting in a broccoli with longer stems. Let this video created by the people behind Expert Village explain to you how to detect GM foods even if they are unl…

US Government Refuse to Label GM Foods

The United States Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration have released a position paper opposing a move to label genetically modified foods, claiming that letting consumers know whether or not food contains genetically-modified products is “false, misleading, or deceptive.”The policy prompted protests from different organic, environmental, food production, and public health groups. They have sent a letter urging Michael Taylor, the deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA, an…

The Potential Health Dangers of GM Foods

Genetically modified foods, or GM foods, have its share of supporters and antagonists. While some farmers see GM crops as God-sent because of its resistance to flood, drought, and diseases, others are adamant in saying that genetically modified foods have adverse effects on health.There are widely-circulated video clips that featured lectures from book author Jeffrey M. Smith, the man behind the book international bestseller “Seeds of Deception,” which featured various research about the health …

Report Suggests GM Crop Technology Require Proper Management

A new report coming from the National Research Council provides a comprehensive assessment of how genetically modified crops may be affecting all US farmers. The report suggests that although GM crops provide a variety of benefits for the farmers, it might still require proper management in order to remain effective over time.Many US farmers growing genetically engineered crops enjoy such benefits like lower production costs, reduced use of pesticides due to fewer pest problems as well as better…

Philippine Province Plan to Amend Anti-GMO Law

A province in Central Philippines has approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance that promotes sustainable agriculture and replace the ban on genetically-modified organisms.Edgardo Acuña, one of the authors of the proposed ordinance and board member of Negros Occidental province, said the Provincial Committee on Laws and Ordinances will meet next week with members of the Committees on Agriculture and Food and Security to come up with the final draft of the proposed ordinance. Once the f…

Study Shows Possible Long Distance Viability of GM Tree Pollen

A recent study has shown that tree pollen may have the ability to travel or drift long distances and still be able to germinate. This may have implications US Department of Agriculture may approve the development of transgenic trees. The long distance viability of germination for tree pollen may pose a problem in trying to contain the spread of future genetically modified trees in the future if and when they get USDA approval in the future.The new research involved the study of tree pollen from …