Monsanto Lobbyist Insists Roundup is Safe to Drink … Then Refuses to Drink Some

A Monsanto lobbyist interviewed on French television made claims that the flagship Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, is safe for humans to drink. Little did he know that the interviewer actually had a glass of Roundup right there ready to drink. Here’s what happened: “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” [Patrick Moore, lobbyist for Monsanto] said. But when the reporter told him that they had prepared a glass and invited Moore to drink it, he refused, saying “I’m not Read more […]

GMOs and Unintended Consequences

A small British Columbian company named Okanagan has just received approval to commercially plant and harvest genetically modified apples that do not brown when sliced. These apples join a few other GMOs in a fairly tight circle of commercially produced frankenfruits: The so-called Arctic apples — which will be available in the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties — are genetically engineered in a way to suppress the production of an enzyme that causes browning when cells in the apple Read more […]

Amazon Patents “Subject Against a White Background” Photo Technique

I’ve seen some dumb patents in my day. I think the absolute worst was when Monsanto patented a living organism (its Roundup Ready Mutant Frankenfood Soy). But this one is a pretty close second. Amazon has been granted a patent for its apparently proprietary technique of photographing subjects and objects against a white background. A photo against a white background. Wouldn’t want anyone infringing on that intellectual property. Yep. Now, if you photograph something against a white background, Read more […]

Monsanto Corporate Officer Wins “World Food Prize”

Monsanto chief technology officer Robert Fraley was awarded the World Food Prize (the agrarian equivalent of a Nobel Prize) for his technological contributions to food. In other words, for his work developing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He won this prize because many people (including the illustrious Bill Gates) think that GMOs will end the world hunger problem. Then there are other people who think GMOs will just end the world. First thing, we need to talk about what GMOs actually Read more […]

Genetically Modified Crops Protected By New Budget Bill

Genetically modified crops are not just those that have been selectively bred, but they have had their DNA modified in some way as to make them more pest resistant and produce better yields. In many cases genes from other plants or even bacteria have been added to the DNA of a specific plant. This process has caused great concern among some that question whether the plants with modified genes are safe for human consumption or if there may be any long-term effects from the continual eating of these Read more […]