Latest Genetically modified food controversies Stories

2014-04-09 12:35:51

One of the world's most contentious food issues -- genetically modified crops -- will be debated by some of the world's leading authorities on the subject at Queen's University Belfast One of the world's most contentious food issues - Genetically Modified (GM) crops – will be debated by some of the world's leading authorities on the subject at Queen's University Belfast today (Wednesday day 9 April). A panel of international food experts will argue the pros and cons or GM crops at a...

Government-protected Research Site Used To Fight GM Crop Vandalism
2013-02-28 15:14:53

Cell Press Genetically modified (GM) crops have been a source of great controversy–particularly in Europe–but acts of vandalism and associated security costs have made scientific evidence about the health and ecological impacts of those crops hard to come by. A Swiss government-protected field site dedicated for use in GM crop studies could serve as an example to other European countries interested in pursuing crop biotechnology, according to an article published in Trends in...

GM Corn Banned In Russia
2012-09-26 14:11:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia is halting all shipments of American corn due to a study that revealed a higher risk in breast cancer. The country has suspended the import and use of American genetically modified (GM) corn after a study suggested a link to breast cancer and organ damage. The European Food Safety Authority has followed up the action with its own review into the research. Other countries may soon follow Russia's footsteps in taking the...

Pests Are Adapting To GM Crops In Unexpected Ways
2012-06-21 05:12:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Modern science is no match for Mother Nature when it comes to agriculture, a new research paper has revealed. The report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a team of scientists, showed that pests are adapting faster than expected to the genetically modified (GM) crops that have been altered to repel them. Many GM crops were originally created to reduce the amount of pesticides used to repel the insects and larvae that...

2012-05-11 23:01:47

The potential dangers of Genetically Modified Foods have been well documented in recent years. However, recent medical research combined with new documentation posted at health and wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com has discovered a new batch of potentially harmful side-effects which GMO´s transfer to the human body. Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) May 11, 2012 The potential dangers of Genetically Modified Foods have been well documented in recent years. However, recent medical research combined...

2011-09-19 23:12:40

How GM crops benefit farmers and the developing world The biotech industry boosted farming across the globe to the tune of almost $65 billion during the period 1996 to 2009, according to the latest analysis published in the International Journal of Biotechnology. $65 billion is the increase in net farm income, the farm level benefit after paying for the seed and its biotech traits. The study's authors estimate that almost half of that was derived by farmers in the developing world....

2010-09-10 06:55:00

The world's largest chemical company, BASF, was criticized recently after it told Brussels investigators that a "human error" was made after seeds from a new strain of genetically modified potato were found in a Swedish field. The German company, which is authorized to grow a strain of GM potato called Amflora but not the experimental Amadea variety, told the European Commission that the wrong seed was accidentally fed into the wrong tube, according to commission spokesman Frederic...

2009-10-22 07:25:00

In a somewhat controversial statement made on Wednesday, England's elite science academy, The Royal Society, said that world must utilize genetically modified crops in order to feed a rapidly growing global population and reduce the environmental damage of large-scale farming. The academy's report referred to the "grand challenge" of feeding an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050"”a statement corroborated by a report issued earlier this month by the UN's Food and Agricultural...

2009-07-27 12:20:00

A newspaper reported Monday that genetically modified crops are being grown in Britain for the first time since a year ago when controversial trials were resumed without alerting the public. The Daily Telegraph said the cultivation of a field of potatoes designed to be resistant to pests was abandoned for over a year when environmental protesters ripped up the crop. Then, without alerting the public, the project near Tadcaster in northern England has been restarted, prompting warnings from...

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