Monsanto is in the process of introducing legislation in states throughout the country that would bar dairies from advertising their products as "rBST-free" or "rBGH-free." The "r" stands for "recombined," meaning that levels BGH and BST— two naturally occurring bovine growth hormones — have been unnaturally elevated to increase the amount of milk that the cows produce.
March 10, 2008
In 2008, genetically engineered (GE) sugar will be available in your local grocer, deli, or supermarket. Six years after Monsanto pulled its Roundup Ready beets due to pressure from consumer groups and hesitancy from corporations, American Crystal, Kellog, and other sugar companies have announced plans to use GE sugar beets.
December 3, 2007
Looking for a new type of vacation? Maybe you should consider agritourism—agricultural tourism—where vacationers go to farms and can participate in a variety of farm activities. A growing part of the tourism industry, agritourism is being touted as a way for local farmers to supplement their income, educate the public, and expand people’s appreciation of how food is made.
November 25, 2007
Scientists are tinkering with tree DNA to create a new way of burning wood. No, not in a stove. In our cars and other engines driven by combustion. Using genetic engineering techniques, a team from the forest biotechnology group at North Carolina State University is trying to remake the nature of cellulose in wood. Their goal: reduce the lignin in cellulose that prevents the alchemy of turning wood to ethanol.
November 23, 2007
The brave new world medical technique of stem cell cloning was elevated to new possibilities yesterday in Oregon. Researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center successfully cloned monkey embryos from single monkey skin cells and also generated stem cells.
November 15, 2007