Paterson Speech: UK must lead the World in GM crops

Today, the UK Environmental Secretary, Owen Paterson, delivered a speech about genetically engineered crops at the Rothamsted Research station near St. Albans. He called for a new approach to considering GM crops, which he said could help farming become more…

41 Swedish plant scientists speak out against harmful EU regulation of modern plant genetics

Quasi-science prevents an environmentally friendly agriculture and forestry (see original blog post here) European legislation in the field of genetic engineering is so narrow that it blocks the ability of researchers to take progress from publicly funded basic research on plants…

Sproutbreak — big media cover up — 50 deaths, nearly 900 maimed with HUS and 4000 sick: sprouts guilty

 "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."(George Santayana). (Here's *a reminder* for those who have forgotten or do not know.)Main lessons to be taken from this short history:The type of food label needed here ?- from Bill MarlerBean…

Speedy tweets matter for science, and fimbriae hairs matter for death and disease from lethal German EHEC E. coli germs

...[The German outbreak  bacteria form fimbriae [pili].” Fimbriae are small tentacles that help EAEC bacteria stick to the intestinal wall. This could lead to a stronger colonization of the gut and more toxin being released into the body.Speed matters: Scientists…

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…

Scrutiny of all the evidence and the whole food chain is narrowing down the culprit in the German E. coli outbreak to sprouts operations in the Hamburg region

Updated 9/06/2011The mists of uncertainty are starting to clear in Germany, after much waxing and waning over the last few days.To find the culprit good detective work on what people eat and where they eat has been essential. Sprouts have…

Oxfam should get serious about malnutrition: Africa needs roads and nitrates

A recent UK Times opinion piece by rational optimist Matt Ridley has really hit the nail of the head about food security, linking together many issues that are repeatedly tackled at this website. The value of fertiliser. The needs of Africa. The…

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…

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