Farmers vs. Monsanto: What’s the real agenda?

Any time anyone tries to take down a brutal behemoth like Monsanto, you have to gives them kudos. It's well known that they are ruthless in their pursuit of farmers who unknowingly have their crops cross-pollinated by the company's GMOs. Monsanto has a nasty habit of stomping on and extorting money from innocent farmers in their patent enforcement …

Organic brown rice syrup contains high levels of arsenic

Proving once again that that organic doesn't automatically mean safe and healthy, a team of Dartmouth researchers have found that organic rice syrup, used as an alternative to sugar and other sweeteners can contain levels of arsenic above EPA safety levels. The website, Dartmouth Now, reported: "With the introduction of organic brown rice syrup i…

Fear of a GM Planet V: Q&A with Raoul Adamchak

I emailed Ronald and Adamchak with some questions and Adamchak took time out of their vacation to answer a few: Q: What do you see as the major misconceptions of GE among the public? Adamchak: GE is a tool that can help agriculture reduce pesticide use, reduce crop loss, reduce harmful environmental inputs, and help reduce soil erosion. Sometimes…

Fear of a GM Planet IV: The Future of Food

During weeks of immersion in this topic, I came across work done by Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, known as the Romeo and Juliet of academic agriculture. Both work at UC Davis. She is Professor of Plant Pathology and he teaches organic production practices and manages the certified organic Market Garden at its student farm. Both are top notc…

Fear of a GM Planet III: Crop drift and cherry picking

If the AGM debunked evidence isn't enough, they can resort to cherry picking. One AGM site takes to task a claim in the early Aughts. It was a sensational claim by a Dr Emile Frison who proclaimed that the banana was on the verge of extinction and the only thing that could save it was GM. Well, as it turned out that wasn't exactly true and he worke…

Fear of a GM planet II: Bad science and good science

Steven Salzberg, is a professor at the University of Maryland whose bailiwick is bioinformatics, genomics, and evolution. In a blog post he clears up some misinformation about GM foods. He also notes, “The bottom line is, you're far more likely to be harmed by being hit on the head by a corn cob than by some kind of deviant GM corn gene. “ B…

Fear of a GM Planet: Frightened Villagers and pseudoscience. Part 1

For the past few years, genetically modified food (GM) has been a controversial subject. It's not only the safety of the food that is at issue, the multinationals that seek to own the seeds that grow the food is also a contentious issue. No one can support multinational agribusiness ownership of our food supply. That is a legitimate fear. But are …