Aflatoxin-resistant corn could save lives in developing countries

Droughts, floods, fire and other natural disasters can wipe out a section of crops in the blink of an eye, but any farmer can tell you that there are plenty of more insidious things to watch out for, like mold that produces crop-ruining mycotoxins.

Now, researchers have made big strides in making corn that is […]

Will genetically “edited” food be regulated? The case of the mushroom

If you snip a bit of DNA from a vegetable, but do not add any new genes, does that vegetable qualify as a genetically modified organism, or GMO?

It’s a hot question for government regulators, and it’s no longer theoretical, an article explains, as a researcher at Penn State University, has used a popular gene […]

New USDA approved apples turn down the brown

New types of apples that have been genetically engineered (GE) to not brown as quickly after being cut were recently approved for sales in the U.S. by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a recent article.

Known as the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, these are the first types of apples that have been […]

The great (GMO potato) debate

The debate on the safety of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the food industry continues to evolve, but it still leaves question marks in the minds of many. For example, recent discoveries have allowed scientists to modify potatoes so they develop with fewer bruises and black spots, and when fried, produce a much smaller […]

U.S. voters send mixed messages on GMO and soda tax measures

Tuesday’s midterm elections featured a host of food and agriculture issues for some states and involved matters including GMO labeling and farming as well as soda-based taxes. Based on a recent article, and other local news reports, below is a rundown of how the results shook out and what it could mean for food policy […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

Food-Safety Rule Changes Could Help Farmers – Ag Alert Recently released revisions to the proposed federal Food Safety Modernization Act contain significant changes that address many concerns expressed by […]

100 billion animal study: GM feed is safe

The practice of using genetically modified (GM) crops in livestock feed has been a controversy since the concept was introduced almost two decades ago. However, a recent study published in Journal of Animal Science found that GM feed does not have a negative effect on the animals, and that they are about as nutritionally equivalent […]

What’s in a name: Heirloom, hybrid or GMO tomatoes

With a variety of tomatoes available for choosing at grocery stores and markets—plum, cherry, pear, striped, large, small—and in a variety of colors, it can be hard to pick out what tomato is best and, really, what the tomato actually is. The names and the basic definitions of three of the main types of tomatoes […]

Got (genetically modified) milk?

Researchers in Ireland are coming close to creating a type of milk that is unlike anything currently on grocery store shelves today. It’s nutritious and delicious—and it is made completely animal free.

While milks made from plants and other proteins (soy, almond, rice, for instance) are currently available, there is one defining element that makes […]

7 stories you need to know this week

[ SPANISH ] With Monday comes the Monday Links—your essential breakdown of all the must-know news stories going on right now. Read on below:

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