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Virus in GM Foods Could be Dangerous

GM crops such as corn, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include a virus gene that could be poisonous to humans that has not been tested for safety.

A new study by the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA) reveals that the...
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Can GM Foods Modify US?

Most of the corn sold in the US, even in health food stores, is genetically-modified (GM), and is engineered to produce its own toxic pesticide. When insects attack it, the toxin from the plant splits open their stomachs and kills...
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Superweeds Sprouting Up

Starlink corn was genetically engineered to remain alive while being sprayed with the pesticide Roundup, which kills the weeds but not the GM corn--but this isn't working as well as it used to, so Dow has created a NEW pesticide, based on the defoliant Agent Orange...
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Seed Wars

The US is threatening nations that want to ban Monsanto's genetically-modified seeds with trade sanctions. This includes some of our major Western trading partners, such as France, which has banned the planting of the aggressive GM Starlink variety of corn...
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Why Butterflies are Disappearing

In summer, people in certain parts of the Midwest expect to see Monarch butterflies, but they're becoming scarce. Experts think that this is because farm fields are now planted with genetically-modified corn and soybeans that are resistant to the herbicide Roundup, so farmers to...
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Warming Means More Weeds

With global warming comes increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which benefits at least one species: weeds. Carbon dioxide acts as a fertilizer to invasive exotic grasses, resulting in higher growth rates and larger leaves. These stronger plants are also proving more...
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Should We Surrender?

Genetically-modified food seems to be taking over--should we surrender? Organic farmers may have to, but a major problem is that Roundup--the pesticide that is sprayed over fields of GM crops that the crops themselves are resistant to--may turn out to be dangerous to humans who eat these foods, something that of special concern to...
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GM Wheat is Next

We've warned you before that there may be funny bread in your future. While GM Starlink corn hasn't made anyone sick, it has been a disaster for organic farmers and for countries like Mexico that count on indigenous corn varieties. Next up (after many delays: GM Wheat.

Genetically modified wheat hasn't yet been introduced into the U.S...

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Seeds Will Save Us

Global warming, the threat of nuclear war, genetically-modified crops and industrial farming all threaten the future of food. Our salvation may lie in a "doomsday vault," buried deep in a mountain on an island next to the North Pole.

This vault holds about 2 million seeds, and almost all the varieties of the world?s crops are represented...

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Terminator Seeds are Seeds of Death

Genetically modified plants grown from terminator seedspollinate just like other plants, but the seeds aren'tfertile. The danger is that the terminator gene will spreadto healthy plants, until all plants in a given species ceaseto reproduce. Monsanto claims this can't happen?but theyalso claimed that seeds from their GM plants would...

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Fruit Stickers: Look for the 8

You've noticed that tiny stickers that now appear on almost all fruit, and probably been annoyed that you have to peel each one off. These contain bar codes for the check-out clerk, but they also contain a secret the store might not want you to know.

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GM Wheat can be Poisonous

It's been discovered that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide encourages the growth of toxic fungus in wheat. Genetically-modified wheat, also produced by Monsanto, has been especially engineered to be immune to Roundup, so that an entire field can be sprayed and only the weeds will be affected.

Andy Coghlan writes in New Scientist this fungus...

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Farmer Battles GM Goliath

72-year-old Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser is taking Monsanto to the Supreme Court. In 1998, Monsanto accused Schmeiser of planting their patented genetically-modified canola without paying a fee. He said he'd only done what he did every year: collect seeds from his own crop to plant. This made scientists aware of the fact that GM seeds were...

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GM Creeping into U.S. Wheat

Traces of genetically modified grains are turning up in U.S. wheat, despite the fact that the sale of GM wheat has not been approved here yet. GM soybeans and corn, the two most widely grown genetically modified crops in the world, are getting into wheat supplies that are made into flour that's used to make bread and other foods.

When U...

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GM Medfood Contaminates Crops

The U.S. government has announced two accidents in which soybean crops in Iowa and Nebraska were contaminated by corn from the previous year that was genetically-engineered to contain medicine. "This is a failure at an elementary level," says Jane Rissler of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "They couldn't distinguish corn from soybeans and...

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Fake Food Can Make You Sick

Quorn, a fake meat made from fungus, has now reached theU.S. and it's making people sick. The Center for Science inthe Public Interest has received reports from 33 people whosuffered vomiting and diarrhea after eating Quorn. A NorthCarolina man broke out in hives and had trouble breathing.Quorn is a substitute for ground beef and chicken and...

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Now Appearing in Your Garden: Superweeds

GM crops are designed to fight weeds because they areresistant to pesticides. This means farmers can spray theirentire fields and kill off the weeds without hurting theircrops. But this process is creating Superweeds, which havecross-bred with the pesticide-resistant GM crops so thatthey are impossible to get rid of and produce more seeds, so they...
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GM Fish Could Wipe Out Species

Researchers have discovered that genetically tinkering with fish can cause the opposite effect of evolution: the survival of the LEAST fit and the eventual extinction of a species. It would take just one genetically-modified fish to wipe out local populations of that species if it escaped into the wild.

William Muir and Richard Howard...

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