The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.
Californians are known for discerning taste and deserve the right to be eco- and health-conscious "foodies." But to do so, the state legislature should make sure the industry reveals what's at the fish counter before it ends up on our plate.
The most profound innovation to come to many crops in the last generation is genetic engineering. The cultivation of corn and soy today is so scientifically advanced it would be unrecognizable to a farmer just 40 years ago.
News that an "efficient and environmentally sustainable" genetically modified salmon may be a step closer to commercial release had me reaching for a large pinch of salt -- and not to help season the dish.