Controversy swirls at the crossroads of agriculture and medicine
By Alla Katsnelson
September 20, 2004
Farming, one of the world's oldest practices has suddenly found itself entangled with modern medicine. Imagine this: at your child's
appointment for a routine vaccination, the doctor proffers a banana genetically engineered to contain the vaccine and says, "Have her eat
this and call me in the morning". Though still farfetched, the scenario is getting closer to reality, with the first batch of plant-made
In a strange turn of events - reflecting a deepening crisis in the Third World over whether to accept or not the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops - Thailand's cabinet rejected on August 31 a decision, taken by a panel headed by its prime minister, to lift three-year ban on GM crops.
This is the first time that a government in a developing country was so sharply divided on the use of this controversial technology marketed by powerful transnational corporations but largely considered harmful to human health.
Bayer Bluffs on its Experiments with Genetically Modified 'Poison Food'
at the End of Day Long Direct Action by Greenpeace
INDIA/Mumbai - 11 hours after six Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the gates of Bayer Crop Science headquarters in Mumbai yesterday, demanding information on Bayer's recent dangerous experiments with the infamous CRY 9C gene on popular food crops like cabbage and cauliflower, the company responded with a statement that contradicts itself even as it spins further untruths.
September 28, 2004: Flat soybean yields since the mid '90s, followed by
a drastic drop in 2003, have many farmers wringing their hands and some
agronomists searching for answers.
The flat yields since 1995 have cost conventional U.S. soybean
farmers an estimated $1.28 billion, according to a report entitled "Stagnating
National Bean Yields". The report "presented at the 2004 Midwest Soybean
Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, last August "first described historical
MEXICO CITY -- Even before its release, a report addressing the potential impact of genetically altered U.S. corn exports to Mexico has stirred up a dustdevil of controversy, including fears that the Bush administration is trying to bury it.
The report by a group of distinguished scientists and policy experts urges caution in trade policies that send millions of tons of corn to Mexico from Illinois and other states, including a recommendation to mill it first. The report also could influence a global debate over the safety of modified food.
Monsanto Market Power Scrutinized in Lawsuit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Monsanto Co.'s domination of the biotech
crop market is indisputable.
The company controls 100 percent of the market for certain specialized
soybean and corn seeds that help farmers fight weeds, along with more
than 80 percent of the market for a corn that resists destructive
insects. In all, Monsanto corn and beans strains are planted annually on
more than 70 million acres of U.S. farmland.
No other competing agroscience company even comes close to matching
By Beverly Creamer
Advertiser Staff Writer
A group of Big Island farmers opposed to genetically engineered plants dumped more than 20 papaya fruit into a trash bin on the University of Hawai'i-Hilo campus yesterday in a symbolic protest of what they say is "contamination" of their trees by plants created by UH scientists.
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New Research Reveals Widespread GMO Contamination and Threats to Local Agriculture From the World's First Commercially Planted Genetically Engineered Tree
Outraged Farmers, Consumers and Backyard Papaya Growers Return Contaminated Papayas to the University of Hawaii in Crop Dump
Monsanto Leaves Costa Rica
20 September 2004
Monsanto the company responsible for more than 90% of industrial releases of transgenic organisms in the world has decided to withdraw its request to release genetically modified corn (maiz) in Costa Rica and to pull out of the country. Environmentalists in Costa Rica are still working to strengthen the campaign for an GMO-free country.