U.S. scientist sues New York Times over Monsanto allegations

Kevin Folta, a University of Florida horticultural scientist, is suing the New York Times for libel. Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. The libel case stems from a front page New York Times story, published Sept. 6, 2015. […] Read more

UK royals in sibling rivalry? Princess Anne touts GMO benefits

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — Britain’s Princess Anne may have sparked a royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles, who says they would be an environmental disaster. In an interview with BBC radio, Anne said she would grow GM crops on […] Read more

Farmers play important role in building consumer trust

The perception that many consumers have of modern farms can colour their expectations 
of the food they buy — so those perceptions should help shape how farms operate

When Canadian grocery buyers think about farmers, what images come to mind? Do they see a trustworthy, tractor-driving character who wears a straw hat, striped coveralls and a red flannel shirt to work every day? Or do they see low-income wage earners, working on a massive factory farm, where values such as environmental stewardship and […] Read more

Consumers still opposed to GM food

If given a choice, most consumers would choose to buy a non-GM food item — though most don’t read the labels

Health Canada says the results of a 2016 survey of consumer views on genetically modified foods will help the department communicate to Canadians. However, opinions remain largely unchanged from previous research that showed consumers are skeptical about, if not completely opposed to, genetically modified foods, the report said. “The findings from this public opinion research […] Read more

Judge GM on a case-by-case basis: experts

Lucy Sharratt and Robert Wager don’t agree on much. Sharratt spends most of her time opposing genetically modified food, while Wager is a vocal defender of the technology. However, they do see eye to eye on one matter: it’s wrong to make blanket statements about the safety of GM food. “Each GM food needs to […] Read more

Farmers have much to teach consumers

Producer group aims to provide credible information on healthy meals and farm practices through consumer workshops

Consumers have become frazzled about food, whether it’s over GMOs, pesticides, gluten, big farms versus small farms, local versus global or organic versus conventional. Jennifer Dyck and Ellen Pruden are trying to alleviate the worry by challenging today’s food paranoia with a simple and friendly method. “I think it’s really about putting people back in […] Read more

Consumers search for trustworthy GMO information

Consumer perceptions and confusion abound when it comes to the topic of genetically modified organisms. There was no confusion for Jennifer Carlson when she launched her line of organic baby food 11 years ago. “Organic was always predominately the number one choice when we started this company,” the Calgary mother said. “As a mother, I […] Read more

Highlights on the road toward genetic modification in agriculture

1972: Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California use enzymes to cut a piece of bacterial DNA and replace it with another strand. This forms the basis for rDNA, the blending of genetics from a variety of organisms. 1974: Rudolf Jaenisch and Beatrice Mintz at MIT use rDNA tools and introduce foreign DNA […] Read more

Public’s anti-GMO perception tainted by media, say Green Party, NFU

Organization officials say because they questioned the need for GM food and pushed for scientific testing on its safety, they have been labelled GM opponents

Dozens of Canadian organizations are dedicated to halting the march of genetically modified food with messages from mild skepticism to radically militant and doses of real science sprinkled throughout. Here’s a look at two of the best known: the Green Party and the National Farmers Union. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, the party’s only MP, […] Read more