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.
On June 3, 1999, the UN Food Safety Agency, representing 101 nations worldwide, ruled unanimously not to endorse or set safety standards for rBGH milk. This has resulted in an international ban on US milk.
Environmental and food safety advocates are cheering the attention that the use of genetically-engineered plants will get in an upcoming Monsanto appeal, but worry that the USDA will short-circuit the appeals process.