A wrap-up of GMO-related headlines and developments.
The short term spending plan moving through the Senate would eliminate legislative language that allows farmers to continue growing genetically modified crops even if a court has blocked their use. While the House approved a stop-gap funding bill which included the controversial provision last week, a Senate bill championed by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) explicitly cut the provision, a move that food safety advocates hailed as an important victory.
Grist’s Nathanael Jognson examines the economics of farming organically versus farming with genetically engineered crops, and finds that GE seeds may not offer an obvious financial advantage. According to farmer Harn Soper, “On a two year average, organic is still way ahead. The bottom line was that our organic farms have 30 percent higher profits.”
According to the LA Times, “GMO OMG” filmmaker Jeremy Seifert uses a light, entertaining approach in his survey of the controversial issue of genetically modified organisms. “Conclusive answers are few here, though the featured farmers make convincing, real-world cases for – and against – planting patented GMO seeds. Still, if forewarned is forearmed, Seifert’s movie might one day prove quite prescient.”
Remember “pink slime”? Author Robyn O’Brien thinks a similar issue might be brewing. Americans are learning that something else was quietly slipped into our food: genetically engineered ingredients. And just like pink slime, these ingredients are not labeled.