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GMO labelling may not discourage consumers: Vermont study

GMO labelling may not discourage consumers: Vermont study

Study finds labelling actually increased 
support in some demographic groups

A new study reveals that GMO labelling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients. The five-year study of Vermont residents focuses on the relationship between two primary questions: whether Vermonters are opposed to GMOs in commercially available food products; and if respondents thought products containing GMOs

A farm employee pulls out cornstalks on an 18-hectare operation owned by a retired educator near Livingstone.  hotos: Shannon VanRaes

A mix of pragmatism and fear keeps GMOs out of Zambia

While the debate over GMO labelling continues in North America, Zambians take it for granted that they aren’t consuming products made with genetically modified ingredients

In Zambia, it’s practically everywhere. Maize is in tiny garden plots, on small farms, huge estates, in markets and on dinner plates. Since its introduction to Africa by the Portuguese in the 16th century, maize has become the main staple crop in this region. Two megalithic-size cobs even flank the entrance to the Zambia National


non GMO sign

Politics and the revenge of the food consumer

The USDA has decided to act on growing pressure and establish a voluntary program 
to label food products with non-GMO content

What was unthinkable a few years ago is now happening. In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Agriculture has established a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content. Non-GMOs already exist in the marketplace, but none of them are sanctioned by the government. At the request of a global food company,

vintage newspaper article

Southwest Manitoba goes from dry to drenched

Our History: June 1999

Manitoba’s southwest has historically been considered a bit on the dry side, but that reputation was beginning to change in 1999. Our June 3 issue featured several stories on dealing with that year’s deluge. Many farmers were said to be seeding from hilltop to hilltop, aerial sprayers were hoping for federal government approval to apply

tomato being injected with a syringe

The cognitive science behind opposition to GMOs

Anti-GMO messages resonate with human intuitions about meddling with nature

A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists has turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. In a paper published April 10 in Trends in Plant Science, they argue that the human mind is highly


harvesting an alfalfa crop

No Roundup Ready alfalfa production for 2015

Forage Genetics International will allow 20 demonstration plots in Eastern Canada

Genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready alfalfa will not be sold commercially in Canada this year and it’s unclear when, if ever, it will be commercialized in Western Canada. “At this time FGI does not have plans to introduce biotech-enhanced alfalfa traits to growers in Western Canada,” Forage Genetics International (FGI), the company selling the GM

Fairview, Alta. seed grower and Forage Seed Canada president Heather Kerschbaumer, says the association is seeking allies in its efforts to keep Roundup Ready alfalfa out of Canada.

Forage Seed Canada seeks allies to keep Roundup Ready alfalfa out

Forage seed growers fear they and hay exporters will lose valuable markets because of GM contamination


Heather Kerschbaumer just lost another forage seed sale because of GM contamination, reinforcing her opposition to allowing Roundup Ready alfalfa production in Canada. The Fairview, Alta., seed grower and president of Forage Seed Canada says the association is seeking allies to help block Roundup Ready alfalfa from commercial Canadian production until certain conditions are met.

But just what does GMO free mean, exactly?

Genetically modified, engineered or just edited?

The result can be the same without the addition 
of a gene from elsewhere

Just what is a genetically modified organism? Japanese scientists writing in a recent issue of the journal Trends in Plant Science say the answer is not so clear, and call for action to clarify the social issues associated with genetically engineered crops. “Modern genome-editing technology has allowed for far more efficient gene modification, potentially impacting


Ken Kamiya outlining papaya

The dark side of agriculture in Hawaii

GM variety has helped protect papaya against a deadly virus, but some growers have found their crop vandalized

Hawaii — the name conjures up thoughts of beautiful beaches, waterfalls, fresh exotic fruits, flowers. However, there is a much darker side that most tourists are unaware of — an atmosphere of distrust, vandalism, legal wars, massive security, heartbreak and so much more. All of this due to genetically modified (GM) crops. With a 12-month

caterpillar on a cotton plant leaf

‘Pyramid’ approach to bug control may be too optimistic

Selection for resistance to one Bt toxin often causes cross-resistance to another

University of Arizona scientists say developers of transgenic insect-resistant crops may be a bit too optimistic about their success. Since 1996, more than a cumulative total of a billion acres worldwide have been planted with crops incorporating the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin to control rootworm and other pests. Writing in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the