One way we can expand the benefits of biotechnology is to develop regulatory systems based on science, not politics. Impractical legal obstacles are stopping genetically-enhanced crops from saving millions from starvation.
According to James McWilliams, author of Just Food, supporting small-scale farms and eating close to the source are only minor gestures in what must be a complex, global re-examination of food production and distribution.
On Monday, after two days of hearings, U.S. FDA concluded there is not "sufficient data to determine that a genetic modification that enables salmon to grow twice as quickly is safe for the fish or for consumers."
As we learn more about fat, we're discovering that it plays a variety of roles in the body's complex web if chemical interactions It's not simply a passive storehouse for extra calories, but rather an active organ.
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.
The third generation of hamsters fed genetically engineered soy suffered slower growth, a high mortality rate, and a bizarre birth defect: fur growing in their mouths. Many also lost the ability to have pups.