There’s a fast moving technological gene-editing technique called CRISPR that’s the center of a yet to be finalized massive patent fight and for which the U.S. government has no current oversight. As Dave Dickey writes, what can possibly go wrong?
ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Major American agribusiness companies are signaling that a new trade agreement with China, which was supposed to relieve a bottleneck of genetically modified crop approvals, is not living up to its billing.
ByEliván Martínez Mercado | Center for Investigative Journalism |
From north to south, from east to west, seed corporations already dominate about 9,712 public and private acres in the island. The area controlled by these corporations is equivalent to the area destined in 2016 for the cultivation of plantains, which the territory’s Department of Agriculture identifies as the most important crop in the country, economically speaking.
Federal officials are seeking public comment on proposed regulations to better oversee next-generation food modification. Meanwhile, the St. Louis-based seed giant Monsanto is making strides with gene-editing tools.
Since 2000, the percentage of genetically engineered corn planted in the United States has grown from 25 percent to 92 percent in 2016. But unless yields increase significantly, experts say the world will not be able to grow enough food to feed itself by 2050, with food shortages anticipated as soon as 2030.
Hundreds of food and farm groups are calling on recently confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step in and block a wave of billion-dollar mega mergers sweeping across America’s agriculture industry.
An Iowa-based research organization — heavily supported by Big Ag interests —published a new report Thursday highlighting problems related to the international approval of genetically engineered crops, or GMOs.
In October 2016, The New York Times published “Doubts About the Promised Bounty of GMO Crops.” Big-AgWatch.org columnist Dave Dickey says that the newsroom missed the big picture in its report. Learn why in his latest “Food For Thought” blog here.