Category Archives: Biotechnology

Golden Rice: Bringing a Superfood Down to Earth

This is a slightly edited version of a blog on the website of Washington University’s Inst. for Public Health. Few GM crops are discussed as much — and misunderstood as much — as “Golden Rice.” Golden Rice is modified to … Continue reading

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GM Foods: A Moment of Honesty

Note: the FieldQuestions blog has been dormant for several months due to some academic writing projects and fieldwork. But with a new debate raging on GMO labeling, it’s time to get back to it. As the latest controversy over GMO’s … Continue reading

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Do Farmers Want GM Crops?

Do small farmers in developing countries want GM crops?  That is a truly divisive question, and it seems like anyone with a dog in the hunt gets to speak for the farmers.  I want to consider what’s wrong with the … Continue reading

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A century later, we find out…

These two items appeared in separate sections of the NY Times yesterday: There was an obituary for Elizabeth Whelan, who started the American Council on Science and Health back in 1978. This was an industry-supported initiative claiming to represent “Science, … Continue reading

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GM Grass Goes Yard

The grass seed company Scotts Miracle-Gro announced at its shareholder meeting this past week that they would be having employees testing genetically modified grass seed in their yards. Is that legal? Yes.  Because it’s been approved as environmentally safe?  Nope; … Continue reading

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The Myriad Case on Gene Patents: 3 Things to Know

15 Apr 2013: The Myriad case on “human gene patents” was argued at the Supreme Court this morning and it’s a big day for Intellectual Property. Here are 3 things you should know: 1. It’s not really about human genes. … Continue reading

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Bt Cotton is Failing; Blame the Farmers

Of all the GMO controversies around the world, the saga of Bt cotton in India continues to be one of the most interesting and important. In the latest chapter, reported by the Business Standard, cotton yields have dropped to a … Continue reading

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