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Voters in Two Oregon Counties Approve Measures Banning GE Crops


Voters in two Oregon counties have approved ballot measures to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their borders. On May 20, the Jackson County initiative passed with 66 percent of the vote, and the Josephine County initiative passed with 58 percent of the vote. The Jackson County measure requires “affected persons to harvest,… Continue Reading

New Federal Bill Aims to Squash State GMO-Labeling Efforts


Efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sprouted across more than two dozen states, including two successful bills in Maine and Connecticut, along with measures that came up short at the ballot box in California and Washington. But proposed federal legislation introduced on Wednesday would put an end to that by prohibiting any mandatory… Continue Reading

GM Wheat May Have Escaped from USDA Storage


The mystery of how a variety of genetically engineered wheat supposedly abandoned by Monsanto years ago was found growing in an eastern Oregon field a few weeks ago has taken an interesting turn. USDA’s own National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation, located in Fort Collins, CO, was storing the GM wheat seed as recently as… Continue Reading

Scientists Debate New Study on GMO-Fed Pigs

Study highlights issue of GM seed research restrictions


Science commentators involved in the genetically modified food debate have weighed in on a new study that says pigs fed genetically modified grains suffered a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation and developed heavier uteri. Some experts have said the study shows evidence of a problem that warrants further study, while others have dismissed it… Continue Reading

Oregon’s Isolated Plantings of GM Wheat Has Consequences


The isolated genetically engineered wheat plantings found in an eastern Oregon field have caused Asia to suspend new shipments of Western White wheat, spurred at least one federal lawsuit against St. Louis-based Monsanto, and brought on multiple investigations in a mystery that may never be solved. The mystery that needs solving involves how Roundup Ready… Continue Reading

How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies



This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign.) It was really only a matter of time. The disappointing defeat of Prop 37 last fall in California (thanks to a massive industry disinformation campaign) sparked a national movement that has… Continue Reading

Some of Monsanto’s GE Wheat Found Alive in Oregon


It’s unlikely the discovery of a few plants of a genetically modified variety in a farmer’s field in Oregon will depress U.S. wheat exports as was experienced a decade ago with beef exports after a single Mad Cow was found. But USDA is taking no chances. The agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)… Continue Reading

GE Crop Risk Assessment Challenges: An Overview



There have been dramatic changes in the transgenic composition of GE corn and soybeans over the last five years, coupled with a substantial increase in reliance on pesticides and Bt toxins. Compared to the first five years of commercial use (1996-2000), today’s GE corn and soybeans in the U.S. require: About twice as much herbicide… Continue Reading

Bill Introduced in House and Senate to Require Labeling of GE Foods


Following state-level initiatives on the West Coast, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “clearly label” all genetically engineered (GE) foods, including foods that are made from GE grains and GE salmon, if it is approved by the agency. The… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Wow, Genetically Modified Humans!



What if in our first studies of the universe beyond, we began by using the wrong end of the telescope? It would probably have led to some confusion for a while. I was thinking about that when I finally made time to read this week’s “wow” stories. These are the stories about scientific research that… Continue Reading