Natural GMOs Part 86: The parents of the German E. coli germ engaged in horizontal gene transfer

STEC/EHEC outbreak – horizontally transferred genes « bacpathgenomics: "STEC/EHEC outbreak – horizontally transferred genes"Kat Holt has produced a fantastic visual presentation of the family tree of the German disease causing E. coli EHEC/EAEC/STEC germ.The Pundit won't spoil her story with…

What Europeans should have read about pathogenic E. coli in 2007 to have helped avoid the current food safety crisis

E. coli can survive for a long time on composted soilsGermany is fatally sick. There is a lethal elephant in the room.  This is that elephant:"Use of animal wastes in fertilization of fresh fruits and vegetable plots significantly increased the…

GMO Statistics Part 11: To find a harm you have to measure harm

Gilles- Eric Seralini has won a court case in Paris over the issue of whether his funding by Greenpeace may have influenced his scientific judgement.Richard Hudson of ABC radio in Western Australia interviewed Seralini on this matter[link to ABC webpage],…

Gilles-Eric Séralini concerned that practical classes erode the time spent imparting knowledge of biology.

The genetic modification of bacteria in French science classes has sparked concern.Nature Magazine News 31 January 2011A row has broken out in France over whether 15- and 16-year-olds should be allowed to create transgenic Escherichia coli bacteria in the classroom.Practical…

15 years, 81 projects, 400 teams and €70 million all about GMOs and GMO safety– thank you European Union taxpayers

European commission webpage describing EC-sponsored research on safety of genetically modified organisms. In the Introduction to this European commission webpage they note: Of particular importance in this context is the use of Genetically Modified Organisms outside contained facilities. Consequently, GMO…

Investment matters when it comes to gains in economic productivity over time – even in the cornfield.

In an earlier post, we quoted Klaus Ammann's investigation of maize yields and the differences between the United States and Europe in improvement in these yields over time.This post provides an update of this story, showing encouraging recent progress in…

Developing countries would not gain if they imposed bans on GM crop imports: the consumer loss to Asian and Sub-Saharan African farmers is far more than the small gain in terms of greater market access to the EU

Economic Impacts of Policies Affecting Crop Biotechnology and Trade- Kym Anderson, New Biotechnology (in Press), full paper athttp://web.services.adelaide.edu.au/cies/publications/present/CIES_DP1012.pdfAgricultural biotechnologies, and especially transgenic crops, have the potential to boost food security in developing countries by offering higher incomes for farmers and…

EU World’s Biggest Net Importer of Agricultural Produce While Neglecting Critical Investment in Agricultural Research

The EU Ranks as the World's Biggest Net Importer of Agricultural Produce While Neglecting Critical Investment in Agricultural ResearchPress ReleaseBERLIN, October 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --- International Competition for Agricultural Production Land is Rising DramaticallyThe food situation in poor countries continues…

French protesters destroy biotech grapevines – Taiwan News Online

French protesters destroy biotech grapevines - Taiwan News OnlineItem via Associated Press 2010-08-15 11:48 PM Associated Press are reporting that Protesters have destroyed vines of genetically modified grapes at a government research site in eastern France.The item says that the…

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