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Do GM Foods Make Us Fat?

A new study shows that genetically-modified food is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Researchers found that GM corn fed to mice led to an increase in overall body weight of almost 4%, while also increasing the weight of their livers by up to 11%.

No matter how you feel about genetically-modified food, it's interesting to...
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GM Seeds May be a Disaster

GM seeds have changed agriculture, but not necessarily for the better: Farmers who have planted genetically engineered Roundup-ready crops from genetically-modified seeds made by Monsanto are discovering that whole fields of...
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Food Price Fix

Consumers are rejecting genetically modified fruits and vegetables and turning to organics, which makes the people who run gigantic factory farms unhappy, because they're no longer making as much money as...
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GM Seeds Spreading Like Weeds

One problem with genetically-modified crops is that their seeds spread far and wide and contaminate fields where other crops are growing. Scientists have found populations of wild plants with genes from genetically modified canola in the United States.

Globally, canola can interbreed with 40 different weed species, and 25% of those weeds...

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The Nasty Truth About GM Foods

Here's news you won't find in your ordinary media: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) says that genetically-modified foods pose "a serious health risk," and has called for an immediate US moratorium on all GM foods. The trouble is, they may be hard to avoid in the future: More than 70% of the foods on supermarket shelves...

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GM Foods Kill Rats

We've reported before that animals can't survive on genetically-modified food. Now a new study from Australia shows that GM food KILLS rats.

In the December 5th edition of the Herald Sun, Jeffrey Smith reports that almost 10 years ago, researcher Arpad Pusztai discovered that GM food caused "massive damage in rats." The result? "Dr....

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GM Crops Being Declared Illegal

Federal Courts have ruled against the USDA in three cases for failing to carry out proper environment impact assessment, making their original approvals of GM crops illegal. One of the biggest problems with these crops is that they pollute nearby fields, something that is especially worrisome to farmers who grow organic crops, which are...

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Biofuel Crops Could Become Superweeds

Special crops that are planted to be turned into ethanol?which work better than corn?could become a generation of invasive superweeds if we're not careful.

As the United States looks to crops as possible future sources of energy, researcher Robert N. Wiedenmann calls for caution, citing the possibility of some biofuel crops becoming...

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Nano Food

The controversy over genetically-modified food is becoming a thing of the past. The new controversy is over nano food.

Many new kinds of food?for both humans and animals?will be coming out soon, all based on nanotechnology. Examples are a super nutritious chocolate milkshake (which isn't needed in the West, where we all get plenty to eat...

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Human Rice

The USDA may approve a genetically-modified strain of ricethat contains human genes. Rice is self pollinating, soit will not cross pollinate with rice plants in nearbyfields, but it will mix with other varieties during storageand handling, meaning that it may soon become the onlystrain of rice available in areas where it is grown. Thishas...

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Taste Tests

Newswise - Organically and conventionally grown potatoes can be toldapart by flavor, but only if the skins are left on. Andwhether you prefer Pepsi or Coke depends on which one youTHINK you'll like best.

A panel of fifteen taste testers was asked to evaluateboiled samples of redskin potatoes that had been...

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GM Grass Taking Over

In almost all cases?from corn to salmon?genetically modifiedversions are stronger than natural ones and tend to takeover, eradicating the original species. Now it's been shownthat the pollen from a variety of GM grass being used ongolf courses has blown over ten miles away from where it wasoriginally sown. It may be turning up in your yard soon...

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GM Foods Dangerous? We Don't Really Know

You may not realize it, but a large part of your diet is nowmade up of genetically-modified foods, especially if you eata lot of processed foods. The National Academy of Sciencesadmits that "sizeable gaps" still remain in their knowledgeof GM foods. While they haven't made anyone sick yet, they have the potential to cause major problems...
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Secret of the Blue Rose

Roses come in a wide variety of colors, but that's not enough for some folks?they're determined to create a blue rose. There are plenty of blue flowers in the world, but no one has yet been able to persuade a rose bush to produce blue flowers. But now, using an enzyme found in the human liver, they may be able to genetically engineer one....

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Monsanto Gives Up on GM Wheat

Monsanto has decided to stop trying to sell genetically-modified wheat?at least for now. This is good for those of us who like variety, because GM corn has been shown to quickly contaminate nearby fields, ending crop diversity. While most corn is fed to cattle, wheat is consumed by people and GM wheat could put an end to organic bread products...

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GM Pharm Crops Infiltrating our Food

U.S. scientists say there could be a "serious risk to human health," after they've discovered that major food crops are being widely contaminated by DNA from GM crops that are engineered to produce chemicals and drugs. Microbiologist Margaret Mellon, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, says, "If genes find their way from pharm crops to...

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GM Food Hurts Environment

Is GM food good or bad? Rather than just debating the question, Britain decided to conduct a large, three-year study. Now they've announced that two of the three GM crops grown experimentally, oil seed rape and sugar beet, are more harmful to the environment than conventional crops. Growing these GM crops damages plant and insect life.

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Insects Love Frankenfood!

One of the main reasons to genetically engineer crops was to develop plants that are resistant to insects, by having pesticide engineered into the plants themselves. But new research shows that insects love GM crops! The first problem is that pests become resistant to the pesticide, meaning they won't be killed when the same pesticide is...

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Pig Vaccine Gets Into Food Crop

Food crops in Texas have been contaminated by an experimental pig vaccine that was put into GM corn. The newest genetically-engineered crops are "biopharmed," which means genes containing drugs and industrial chemicals are put into food crops. But if these GM crops contaminate ordinary food crops, it could destroy the food supply. "The incident...

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Victimless Vittles

Scientists are trying to grow meat in a lab dish so astronauts can eat steak in space. But it could also get vegetarians to start grilling their grub, since this type of meat can be considered "victimless." Researcher Vladimir Mironov hopes we can one day grow and cook our own food overnight in a special machine, just like a home bread maker....

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Genetically-Modified Silent Spring

Rachel Carson wrote the book "Silent Spring" years ago to warn that the use of the pesticide DDT was killing America?s songbirds. Now our birds have another enemy: herbicide-tolerant genetically-modified crops. These crops enable farmers to spray herbicides on their fields to get rid of the weeds, without killing their crops. However, a decline...

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It?s Spiderman?No, Spidergoat

As wary as we are about genetically-modified food, we?re tempted to succumb when new products are created that improve our personal lives, instead of simply making things easier for huge farming conglomerates. Perhaps GM companies will try to win us over to their side by seducing us with some of their new inventions.

One of these new...

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Genetically-Modified Bugs

When it come to genetic engineering, it?s the Battle of the Bugs. Scientists are producing GM plants that are resistant to certain types of insects?but then they turn out to be even more vulnerable to other insects. Scientists decide to engineer the insects themselves and produce a sterile boll weevil that eventually destroys its own species,...

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GM Experiments Cruel to Animals

John Vidal writes in the English newspaper The Guardian that British scientists are genetically modifying and cloning hundreds of thousands of animals a year for no reason other than experimentation, according to the genetics monitoring group GeneWatch.

The great majority of the 582,000 animals genetically altered in Britain in 2000 for...

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New Tests Reveal GM Crop Danger

Researchers have discovered that the results of safety tests on the type of genetically modified corn that is currently grown in Britain were ignored. The crop, T-25 GM, was tested in laboratory experiments on chickens. During the tests, twice as many chickens died when fed on T-25 GM corn, compared with those fed on conventional corn.

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New Food from Fungus

A fake meat that is made from fungus, but tastes like chicken (of course) has arrived in U.S. supermarkets. Known as mycoprotein, it is marketed under the trade name Quorn (pronounced kworn) and made into a variety of fake foods, including chicken-like nuggets, lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo and an alternative to ground beef called ?grounds...

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New GM Food: Meat and Veg. In One Bite

Japanese scientist Akira Iritani has implanted spinach genes in pigs. This is the first time that plant genes have been successfully transplanted into an animal.

The pigs contain a gene called FAD2, which converts saturated fat into an unsaturated fat called linoleic acid. Iritani, of Kinki University in western Japan, says the...

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New GM Food: Waxy Cornflakes

Monsanto has started a multi-million-dollar research and breeding program to create a strain of corn that resists moisture. These can then be made into cornflakes that won?t get soggy when you pour milk in the bowl.They want to discover plant genes that produce high levels of wax, then transfer that quality into corn grown for breakfast cereals...

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GM Corn DNA May Be Contaminating Wild Crops

The journal ?Nature? reports that DNA from genetically modified corn has been found in wild corn growing on remote mountains in Mexico, indicating that GM crops are threatening the diversity of native plants.

The wild corn was growing around 62 miles from the nearest industrially farmed crops. Mexico has not allowed GM corn to be...

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