Film takes scientific approach to GMOs

When it comes to genetically modified foods, it’s not easy to change minds. In fact, it might be easier to convince a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan to cheer for the Toronto Argonauts. Nonetheless, proponents of GM food are hopeful that a movie will succeed where science and evidence have failed. The movie is called Food Evolution […] Read more

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

Who is Carey Gillam?

To people who are skeptical about pesticides and leery of global agri-companies, Carey Gillam is a truth-telling hero. To Monsanto and supporters of modern agriculture, Gillam is a campaigner, a spreader of misinformation and an irrational activist. Gillam, who was an agricultural reporter for Reuters in Kansas City from 1998 to 2015, sees it differently. […] Read more

Chinese firm begins testing GMO corn seeds in U.S. greenhouse

CHICAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A Chinese biotech seed firm has planted genetically modified corn seeds in the United States at a greenhouse designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company said, an early step toward launching China’s first GMO corn products in the United States. Beijing-based Origin Agritech Ltd said on Wednesday that […] Read more

New York Times ignored GM crop benefits

The New York Times claimed Oct. 29 that it had conducted an “extensive examination” of genetically modified crops and found their benefits to be lacking. The use of the word “‘extensive” by the media is a bit of an oxymoron. It is certainly the case in this situation because the Times would appear to have […] Read more

VIDEO: Course aims to bridge GMO communication gap

University course designed to inform consumers about the technology, the politics involved and consumer distrust

For two decades, scientists have told the public, thousands of times, that genetically modified crops are safe. That message has never stuck because polls show that more than half of North Americans still think that GM foods are harmful. Ag economists and plant science experts at New York’s Cornell University have realized that new communication […] Read more

Alfalfa growers uneasy with anti-GMO stance

Most producers are comfortable with the technology but believe it poses a threat to alfalfa seed and forage exports

BROOKS, Alta. — Alberta’s alfalfa seed growers commission has a clear stance on genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa. It is against introduction until there is greater market acceptance. However, that stance comes with a certain level of discomfort. Many alfalfa seed growers also grow GM canola, GM sugar beets and GM corn. The technology has provided […] Read more

GMOs work like balm to soothe environmental problems, says study

If humans want fewer forests, more expensive food and more greenhouse gases, banning genetically modified crops is a good place to start, says a Purdue University economist. A Purdue study, soon to be published in AgBioForum states that growing GM corn, soybeans and cotton reduces the amount of land needed to grow crops in the […] Read more

GM crops provide billions in benefits

Were it not for the snow on the ground, I would have thought it was April Fool’s Day instead of Christmas when I read The Western Producer’s Dec. 3 story, Anti-GMO group says yield gains non-existent. Lucy Sharratt, Taarini Chopra and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network are once again misleading Canadians about genetically modified crops, […] Read more

Is there a benefit to GMO-free milk?

Consumers have plenty of options in the dairy aisle, whether it is whole milk, one percent, buttermilk, organic, lactose-free, soy, almond or coconut. However, a Manitoba dairy farmer says Canadians need one more alternative: non-genetically modified milk. “We’re just seeing a demand coming, and there are (Manitoba) processors that have been echoing the same comments,” […] Read more