Genetically Engineered Food
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Now They're Selling Synthetic Biology as Food?

Genetically Engineered Food

Synthetic biology is a fascinating area of research, but its practitioners really seem to be flailing when it comes to commercial justification. The most highly publicized product has been synthetic artemisinin, a malaria treatment, which reached the market last year but seems to be of little commercial value and is probably socially harmful — all in all, a mistake, for various reasons described below. Right behind that has been the on-again, off-again, now on-again, attention given to biofuels, which have long been "the fuel of the future, and always will be."

Now They're Selling Synthetic Biology as Food?

Genetically Engineered Food

Synthetic biology is a fascinating area of research, but its practitioners really seem to be flailing when it comes to commercial justification. The most highly publicized product has been synthetic artemisinin, a malaria treatment, which reached the market last year but seems to be of little commercial value and is probably socially harmful — all in all, a mistake, for various reasons described below. Right behind that has been the on-again, off-again, now on-again, attention given to biofuels, which have long been "the fuel of the future, and always will be."

US food companies find going 'non-GMO' no easy feat

Genetically Engineered Food

U.S. food companies are rushing to offer consumers thousands of products free of genetically modified ingredients but are finding the effort costly and cumbersome in a landscape dominated by the controversial biotech crops.

The hurdles are so high that the growing "GMO-free" trend could result in a price spike for consumers, industry experts say. Eighteen years after GMO crops were introduced to help farmers fight weeds and bugs, they are so pervasive in the supply chain that securing large and reliable supplies of non-GMO ingredients is nearly impossible in some cases.

USA: MONSANTO SELLS GM SWEET CORN, BUT YOU PROBABLY AREN'T EATING IT (YET)

Genetically Engineered Food

SUMMARY: "Samples from corn around the country could barely find evidence of genetic engineering. But since corn isn't labeled if it's genetically modified, it's impossible for consumers to know."

A few years ago, Monsanto announced plans to sell seeds for its first consumer product: genetically modified sweet corn. But good luck trying to find it (or avoid it)--the corn isn't labeled. That may only be because it is just not widespread yet, according to a recent study from the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

MCDONALD'S GMO DILEMMA: WHY FRIES ARE CAUSING SUCH A FUSS

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SUMMARY: "Plenty of GMO food probably already makes it on to your plate, and the scientific consensus is that it's safe to eat. So why are activists so opposed to genetically modified potatoes?"

"Do you want fries with that?" Not if they're made from genetically engineered potatoes, say activists who oppose GMOs.

The advocacy group Food & Water Watch is asking McDonald's, the world's biggest buyer of potatoes, not to source a genetically engineered spud that was developed by its biggest supplier, the J.R. Simplot Co.

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