Thursday, July 08, 2004

roundup

The July ISB News Report features Chilcutt and Tabashnik's May PNAS article on Bt pollen in supposedly conventional refuges; Qi's June Nature Biotechnology article on very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis in Arabidopsis; and Phillip B.C. Jones's convenient summary of Monsanto v Schmeiser and related U.S. cases.

The Times yesterday reported on industrial hog farming's swirling shit storm and N.C.'s attempt to do something about it while the FDA takes a nice long nap.

The Guardian takes notice of the USDA organic standards fuckup but fails to realize that the industry has already been hijacked by "big corporations."

Schlosser on Tyson and union organizer Maria Martinez in the Nation [via ABE].

safety first:
1. The title says it all: George et al., "Composition of Grain and Forage from Corn Rootworm-Protected Corn Event MON 863 Is Equivalent to That of Conventional Corn (Zea mays L.)," J. Agric. Food Chem. 52 (13), 4149 -4158. Well, the title and the fact that every single author works for Monsanto or a lab they contracted.
2. A freely-accessible article from Plant Biotechnology Journal 2/4 concludes:

The results presented for a number of environmental and human health impact categories suggest that growing the GM herbicide-tolerant crop would be less harmful to the environment and human health than growing the conventional crop, largely due to lower emissions from herbicide manufacture, transport and field operations.
3. This APHIS environmental assessment of a Prodigene corn trial application in Frio County, Texas [pdf] makes very interesting reading.

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