Genetic engineering

As one of only a few states that have passed laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods or ingredients, Vermont is feeling its way carefully.
Dengue and chikungunya are both viruses spread by a species of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti. Dengue sickens 50 million people worldwide and chikungunya infected
Dr. Alan Moghissi of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (and former chairman of the ACSH Board of Directors) and colleagues cogently reviewed the evolution of
A cogent commentary in the Teton Valley News notes that advocates of labeling laws are trying to solve a problem that does not exist.
Some European countries are among the most strongly opposed to genetic-engineering in the world. But those that are part of the European Union have not been able to outlaw all planting of GE crops as they wished because these moves have been challenged.
If it were not so deadly serious, it would be rather amusing to see arguments over the latest approval of a genetically engineered crop potatoes by the USDA.
According to an account in the Hindustan Times, the Indian government has decided to allow field testing of two GM crops, mustard and brinjal (eggplant).
According to a recent report, since 1996 there have been over 5 billion acres of biotech crops harvested.
In an opinion piece published in today s Wall Street Journal, Dr. Henry I. Miller, Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford s Hoover Institution and former ACSH trustee, discusses the significant benefit that biopharming can provide for the development of medicines if only regulators can become more tolerant.
Considering the sound and fury surrounding anti-GMO activists pronouncements on genetically engineered crops, one might think these improved varieties are on the way out that farmers would be shunning them. But recent research from the USDA s Economic Research Service (ERS) demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth.
California s drought has many impacts especially on agriculture. As Dr. Henry Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution (and former ACSH Trustee) points out, the anti-GMO crowd is making the situation worse.
Chikungunya is the latest virus you probably have never heard of. Carried by a couple of species of mosquito (both of which are found in the United States) and first described in Africa in 1952, the virus causes an abrupt onset of fever and severe joint pain (arthralgia) that may become chronic. Since that time, chikungunya has been found to be widespread in both Africa and Asia, and has now spread to the Caribbean islands and a few states in the U.S.