March Views 2015

Headlines: AAAS Presidents: The Anti-GMO Lobby Takes A Page from the Climategate Playbook, The Tragic Papaya: The Story of GE Crops in Hawaii, 5 Questions with Matthew Schnurr: The Case for Prioritizing the “Farmer Perspective” and “Demand Driven” Biotech, Could Precise Technology Eliminate Fears of GE Foods?, Genetically Modified People: Natural Transgenics is More Common Than Many Think

British Scientists Develop GE Plant That Could Make Fish Farming More Sustainable

Scientists in the UK have made major progress in addressing one of the seafood industry’s biggest environmental challenges. Last month, Rothamsted Research announced that a GE camelina plant had been successfully fed to farmed Atlantic salmon. A false flax widely grown for seed oil, the camelina plant had been enhanced with genes from marine algae, which produces the coveted Omega 3-rich fish oil. 

Science in Europe on the Verge of Entering a Time of Political Ignorance

Last week European scientists had their gaze fixed up in space and celebrated the successful touchdown of the Rosetta lander on Comet 67P. Meanwhile back on earth, science, at least in Europe, had little cause for celebrations.

Three political decisions signal that science in Europe now is on the verge of entering a time of political ignorance.

A Call for Radical Collaboration

For too long the debate around agricultural biotechnology has operated from pulpits positioned at polar extremes despite the fact that advocates share values with their very same opponents around the issue of equitable access to food. The challenges we face today as a global society are too large to go it alone. It’s time to collaborate. Radically.


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