The Monsanto Menace

by jeeg 30. July 2013 02:32
When you're good at something, you want to leverage that. Monsanto's specialty is killing stuff.   In the early years, the St. Louis biotech giant helped pioneer such leading chemicals as DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange. Unfortunately, these breakthroughs had a tendency to kill stuff. And t... [More]

Monsanto and the World Food Prize

by jeeg 21. June 2013 03:01
As reported in the New York Times, the prestigious World Food Prize was awarded today to a trio of scientists who had important roles in the early development of crop genetic engineering. One, Robert Fraley, is at Monsanto, and another Mary-Dell Chilton, is with another seed giant, Syngenta. The... [More]

Modified Wheat Is Discovered in Oregon

by jeeg 30. May 2013 22:53
Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon, federal officials said Wednesday, a development that could disrupt American exports of the grain. The Agriculture Department said the wheat was of the type developed by Monsanto to be resistant to the herbici... [More]

Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in genetically modified soybean case

by jeeg 13. May 2013 21:23
The Supreme Court agreed with Monsanto on Monday that an Indiana farmer’s un­or­tho­dox planting of the company’s genetically modified soybeans violated the agricultural giant’s patent. The court unanimously rejected farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman’s argu... [More]

Roundup, An Herbicide, Could Be Linked To Parkinson's, Cancer And Other Health Issues, Study Shows

by jeeg 26. April 2013 20:22
Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates ... [More]

GMO Rider: ‘Monsanto Protection’ or ‘Farmer Sustainability’?

by jeeg 9. April 2013 21:16
The biotech industry rejoiced along with biotech seed companies and farmers supportive of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops when President Obama signed a budget bill with a rider authorizing the secretary of agriculture to temporarily allow continued growing of crops previously approved ... [More]

Why Do G.M.O.’s Need Protection?

by jeeg 3. April 2013 20:45
Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrage... [More]

Monsanto Provision Tucked in Spending Bill Draws Critics

by jeeg 3. April 2013 20:36
A plan to let farmers grow genetically modified crops developed by Monsanto during legal appeals has drawn criticism from food-safety advocates and backers of open government over how the proposal became law.   The measure, tucked into a bill to fund the federal government through S... [More]

What Do Genes Have to Do With Law? The Supreme Court Doesn't Know

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:45
Sixty years ago, scientists first discovered DNA, the structure in which a person’s genes are encoded. Since then, our knowledge of the genome has revolutionized medicine. But when it comes to the U.S. legal system, important questions about what a gene is remain unsolved. Here's one questi... [More]

Supreme Court Appears to Defend Patent on Soybean

by jeeg 22. February 2013 22:15
  A freewheeling and almost entirely one-sided argument at the Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated that the justices would not allow Monsanto’s patents for genetically altered soybeans to be threatened by an Indiana farmer who used them without paying the company a fee. The question... [More]
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