GM Watch finds GENERA useful, “badly needed”

GENERA Safety

Editor’s note: See an update at the bottom about GM Watch’s response to this post. In a discussion about the scientific literature on genetically engineered crops, Claire Robinson of GM Watch has previously said: “I am, as you say, unaware of your GENERA project. A comprehensive list of studies on all aspects of GMOs is badly needed but beyond our means to gather together.” Biology Fortified, Inc., with our limited resources and volunteer staff, have come to the rescue and created this “badly needed” resource. Happily, GM Watch is now aware that GENERA is in beta testing, with more to come. In

Dear Legislator, About that GMO Labeling bill…

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Massachusetts and surrounding states. Vermont recently passed an unrestricted bill on GMO labeling. Source: FamilySearch.org Like a number of other states, GMO labeling in Massachusetts has been inching along for a while. Recently it came to the surface, which has prompted me to write to state politicians with some thoughts on the bill and the issues. After sending a first letter expressing disappointment at support for this bill, one thoughtful reply from a politician that I respect very much arrived in my box. I don’t feel I’m at liberty to reproduce the text, but it was a reasonable explanation of

Will Organic Apples be re-defined as “Contaminated?”

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An apple orchard in bloom. Credit: Steve Savage There is an interesting new “GMO” apple nearing approval in the US and in Canada called the “Arctic Apple.”  It was developed by a British Columbia, grower-based organization called Okanagan Specialty Fruit.  Certain genes in these apples are turned off so that the fruit doesn’t  express the enzymes that make the apples turn brown after cutting.  You could slice the apples, put them in your lunch or your kid’s lunch, and they would still have full flavor, vitamins, and color when it was time to eat them.  I think this is a useful, consumer-oriented

Genetically Modified Dengue Fighters

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which can be recognized from the banding pattern on its legs. Image by USDA via Wikimedia.

When I was 6 years old, my family moved to Venezuela. I graduated from high-school and then chose to move back to Canada to go to college while my family stayed behind. It’s only in the past 2-4 years that my family left Venezuela due to the economic and political instability. And the kidnappings. The Valle del Turbio, which separates the cities of Barquisimeto and Cabudare, in Venezuela. Image by JesusElGuaro via Wikimedia. Most of that time was spent in a city called Barquisimeto. Our house overlooked a valley of sugar cane fields, called “Valle del Turbio”, named for a

Norman Borlaug Ringtone

Borlaug-Ringtone

It has been almost a month since we released the Play it Hard music video with Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, and the video has received over 9,000 views (when you count CIMMYT’s channel as well as ours)! We’re really pleased to hear that people enjoy the video, and we hope that it draws attention to the series of articles and interviews that we will be publishing on the Biofortified Blog throughout the coming year. Now you can get Norman Borlaug on your cell phone! We have produced a ringtone based on the music video, to remind you whenever you