Doug Vining Would you eat cloned meat?

It is estimated that by the year 2010 Americans and Europeans will be eating the meat of cloned cows and drinking their milk. By the end of this year, US regulators will decide whether to allow cloned animals from entering the food chain and the EU is studying the issue at this moment. Experts say the decision is not going to be without consequences. In the EU, the public is largely ignorant of what is going on. Unlike in the US, where consumers are ganging up against it.
Posted: 16 August 2007 at 08:17

Doug Vining Not all good news

Genetically engineered crops have provided “substantial” environmental and economic benefits to American farmers, but overuse of the technology is threatening to erode the gains, a national science advisory organization said Tuesday in a report. (New York Times)
Posted: 14 April 2010 at 13:49

Wolfgang Grulke Sunday Times columnist agrees....

Have a read of this article...I couldn't have put it better myself...

It asks: Without genetically modified foods, can the world feed itself? As new trials begin, we argue that GM crops are good for people and the planet!

By Richard Girling Published: 27 June 2010
Posted: 12 July 2010 at 13:26

Doug Vining GM food is good for you

The widespread use of genetically modified crops is inevitable, in our view. Just as we have domesticated grasses, cultivated hybrids and tamed yeasts, so more sophisticated methods of modification of 'natural' food will become fully acceptable.

Now Sir John is insisting on it. It's part of his solution to the Perfect Storm.
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Posted: 26 January 2011 at 10:15

Wolfgang Grulke The drift towards GM continues... the most unlikely places, and the natural world is creating the drive towards it.
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Posted: 9 March 2011 at 10:45

Wolfgang Grulke The Future of Food

Another topic that we have been deliberating over, it seems, eternally. This new book comes out with a position similar to our 'techno-optimist' view. Josh Schonwald of the Futurist comments: "Tomorrow’s genetically modified food and farmed fish will be more sustainable and far healthier than much of what we eat today—if we can overcome our fears and embrace it. Here’s how one foodie learned to stop worrying and love 'Frankenfood'.”

My thanks to Philip Spies of Nantes Farm for this link!
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Posted: 25 April 2012 at 11:15

Neil Jacobsohn Disease-resistant wheat - boon or Frankenstein food?

In comfortable, well-fed Western centres, the raging against genetically modified foods continues. But, as always, there are two sides to every story. Is wheat that is resistant to common diseases a boon for mankind, or a Frankenstein food? It's time to put the emotion aside and focus on facts.
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Posted: 22 July 2014 at 10:09

Doug Vining Disease-resistant wheat - boon or Frankens...

I think this particular method of modifying the genes has great promise, because they have not introduced any foreign genes, just 'edited out' the genes making the wheat susceptible to disease. While we can't know the full ramifications for such tinkering in evolutionary terms, it's highly likely that there won't be any danger in consuming the wheat produced from this strain. I think it's inevitable that we will have more super crops like this one in the future, but the full potential for the latest 'gene editing' techniques will probably stir up another round of heated debate, especially when they start editing the genomes of animals.
Posted: 22 July 2014 at 10:21

Neil Jacobsohn Should we genetically modify livestock?

Who remembers that bizarre scene from Douglas Adams' "Restaurant at the end of the Universe", in which a cow walks up to the hero and asks what portion of it he would like to eat? The cow is duly offended when the hero resists, saying, this is my purpose, I was specifically bred for you to eat me!
Crazy science fiction, right? But read the attached article - there is serious investigation into genomic breeding of animals we use for food.
We took an provocative viewpoint in our MindBullet alongside, from 2007 (remember, MindBullets are not predictions, they are possible scenarios designed to make you think!)(.
Sop how do you feel about GM hornless cows designed to provide maximum high-quality meat? Don't just respond emotionally - arm yourself with knowledge first!
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Posted: 3 September 2014 at 11:04
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