Archive for the “Frankenfish” Category

There’s a lot of buzz about Mark Lynas having done an about face on GMOs: In a January 2013 lecture to the Oxford Farming Conference, Lynas detailed his conversion from an organizer of the the anti-GMO food movement in Europe to becoming a supporter of the technology.

Important components must be ensured for USDA’s proposed new pilot program, in which Under the agency’s new two-year pilot project, biotech developers would conduct their own environmental assessment of transgenic crops or pay contractors to perform the analysis. Then USDA would review the reports and approve them or send them back for more study. All […]

That new alfalfa from Monsanto apparently works by placing DNA from bacteria genes within the alfalfa’s DNA. It’s interesting that one argument for Genetically Modified Organisms is that, hey, we’ve been doing that for centuries, by breeding dogs, beans and such.

Score another one for Monsanto. Genetically modified alfalfa was approved last week by the USDA. This stuff is similar to Monsanto’s other products: it resists their herbicide Roundup, so that weeds can be readily killed without killing the crop, ostensibly helping crop yields. The organics industry is concerned, because organic food cannot have such genetic […]

Resurrection of the woolly mammoth in Japan (see previous post), leads to some  provocative movie possibilities. But a few movie titles hitting the boards: Godzilla Versus the Mammoth Hoards King Kong Versus Godzilla Versus the Mammoth Hoards Invasion of the Killer Mammoths I’ll Eat Your Lunch Invasion of the Mammoth DNA Snatchers

Mammoth DNA could result in mammoths walking the earth, or pooping in zoos, once again. This effort is being spearhead by a team of Japanese researchers, one of whom is a professor emeritus at Kyoto University, whose tenure goes back to the last ice age, and who remembers with nostalgia many a meal of mammoth […]

It’s important to focus on the safety of these frankenfish, but the safety hubbub is masking rational examination of whether they really would be less expensive than the salmon we can buy now. That’s just not going to  happen, for a number of reasons. PBS Newshour had a discussion last night on these salmon, which […]