SUMMARY: "Myths and outright lies about the alleged benefits of genetically engineered crops persist only because the multinationals that profit from them have put so much effort into spreading them around. They want you to believe that GMOs will feed the world; that they are more productive; that they will eliminate the use of agrichemicals; that they can coexist with other crops, and that they are perfectly safe for humans and the environment. False in every case, and in this article we’ll show how easy it is to debunk these myths.
SUMMARY: "Genetically engineered crops that could sharply increase the use of two powerful herbicides are now unlikely to reach the market until at least 2015 because the Department of Agriculture has decided to subject the crops to more stringent environmental reviews than it had originally intended.
SUMMARY: "A dozen years after a customer revolt forced Monsanto to ditch its genetically engineered potato, an Idaho company aims to resurrect high-tech spuds. This month, tuber processing giant J.R. Simplot Co. asked the U.S. government to approve five varieties of biotech potatoes. They’re engineered not to develop ugly black bruises. McDonald’s, which gets many of its fries from Simplot, rejects those. They’re also designed to have less of a natural but potentially cancer-causing neurotoxin, acrylamide.
SUMMARY: "According to the biotech industry, genetically modified crops are a boon to humanity because they allow farmers to “generate higher crop yields with fewer inputs,” as the trade group Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) puts it on its web page. in a new paper funded by the US Department of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin researchers have essentially negated the “more food” argument as well. [...] While some GM varieties delivered small yield gains, others did not. Several even showed lower yields than non-GM counterparts.
SUMMARY: "Alfalfa is now the battlefield in the war against genetically engineered food. During a panel discussion Tuesday at the Canadian Chef's Congress in Grand Pre, delegates heard that Canadians have won the fight against genetically engineered wheat and potatoes, lost the canola campaign and now have to concentrate on alfalfa. ”Genetically engineered alfalfa will contaminate quickly and widely,” said Lucy Sharratt, co-ordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. ”It's pollinated by bees and it's a perennial."