“The GMO Deception” is, in fact, deceptive

A stale, misleading, text worth only about 2 pounds of recycled paper.

Recycling can be a very good practice. Re-using components of electronics, waste paper, and food scraps that would otherwise head to the waste stream can be a great idea. However, sometimes re-use doesn’t bring any value. Recycling bad claims and ideas about GMOs helps no one. Unfortunately, The GMO Deception is a prime example of worthless recycling. A stale and misleading text worth only about 2 pounds of recycled paper. I found out about this text from Marion Nestle’s blog. She promoted this book in a post and by blurbing for it: This week’s reading: The GMO Deception. It didn’t

A new meta-analysis on the farm-level impacts of GMOs


Maize breeding, credit: KJHvM Despite the fact that the global area of GM crops has grown rapidly over the past decade and now encompasses more than 170 million hectares it is still questioned whether current applications of genetic engineering in agriculture are beneficial to farmers or not. While several reviews and meta-analyses on the impact of GM crops exist, the evidence is still not regarded as conclusive by many. A new meta-analysis of the agronomic and economic impacts of GMOs has appeared in the journal PLOS ONE. It summarizes the findings of 147 original studies published until March 2014. Besides

Election Day Open Thread


Today is Election Day, and people across the United States will be casting their votes in various political races, deciding the fates of politicians and ballot measures alike. This year, there are quite a few local issues related to genetically engineered crops that will be decided today. Here’s an open thread to discuss how they are going, and the eventual results. Oregon: Measure 92, which would label some GMO foods being sold in the state. Colorado: Proposition 105, which would label some GMO foods being sold in the state. Hawaii: Maui County will be voting on the Voter Initiative: Genetically

Questions arise about upcoming “Factor GMO” study

The Factor GMO logo

The Factor GMO logo Last week, Henry Rowlands at Sustainable Pulse announced the upcoming launch of a study on genetically engineered crops, which was later picked up by GM Watch. At a staggering $25 million budget, it promises to be “the largest and most comprehensive long-term experiment ever conducted on a GM food and its associated pesticide.” The press release (PDF) also claimed that the scientists involved in the study would come from a “neutral” background and not be from the biotech industry or the anti-GMO movement either. This would be a promising development, however, the announcement was short on

Review of “Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood”

Caduceus with DNA via Ancestry.com

The 2013 PLoS One article Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood is often used as evidence that genes from GMO can “transfer” into our bodies (such as in this article from Collective Evolution). In this post, I’d like to review the paper with you and discuss this nightmare-inducing scenario.