Tagged: GM

Is GM corn really different to non-GM corn? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 31, 2016

‘Substantially equivalent’ is the term used by regulatory bodies as part of confirming a GM crop is safe for consumption. Earlier work claims GM corn is ‘substantially equivalent’ to non-GM corn. Earlier this month a study was published in Scientific Reports claiming genetically modified corn is not substantially equivalent to non-GM corn, “Our molecular profiling results show that NK603 and its isogenic control … Read More

Book review: What’s so controversial about genetically modified food? - Scibooks

John Kerr Dec 11, 2016

John T Lang’s new book tackles a tough question: What’s so controversial about genetically modified food? The answer is: It’s complicated. While far from satisfying, this conclusion isn’t a cop out. The staggering complexity of our modern food systems is a returning theme in Lang’s small treatise on genetic modification (GM) and food. His observations and insights are … Read More

Green Party GM policy and discussion about GE or GMOs - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 10, 2016

In NZ, media such as the TV3 News website are reporting Federated Farmers as encouraging the New Zealand Green Party to also review their policy on genetic modification (GM), following the lead of the Australian Greens leader, Richard Di Natale. This is likely to cause public comment, as there already is on-line. I’m sure I’m … Read More

Scotland’s GM ban and the backlash from science - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Aug 19, 2015

A group of scientific institutions in the UK and Europe have today sent an open letter to Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, expressing dismay at Scotland’s proposal to ban GM crops in the country. Here’s the letter in full… 17th August 2015 Dear Mr Lochhead Your announcement that the Scottish Government proposes to ban … Read More

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on GMO legislation - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 12, 2015

Recommendations to the British parliament on GMO legislation and public engagement look useful for New Zealand. I’ve previously suggested that the New Zealand legislation for Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) wants to be updated, or replaced. I’ve also suggested that there wants to be fresh discussion on the topic, especially as it’s now been almost twenty … Read More

Food and genetic modification: better informed policy and legislation wanted - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 16, 2015

Below is a lightly-edited copy of an op-ed related to the Food Matters Aotearoa event at Te Papa this weekend. As it’s not being used by the newspaper, I’ve put it here. I’ve added a few thoughts about Steffan Browning’s press release at the end. —–=+=—– Op-ed draft Policy needs to … Read More

GM techniques: from the field to the laboratory (and back again) - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 23, 2014

By Peter Langridge, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Welcome to GM in Australia [Ed: See Grant Jacob’s three part series on GM in New Zealand here], a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops. In this first instalment, Peter Langridge describes two GM techniques: selective breeding and genetic engineering. Genetic modification … Read More

Controversial Seralini paper retracted - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 29, 2013

He caused an uproar in science last year when he published a paper suggesting genetically modified maize and the RoundUp herbicide caused tumours in rats he used in his experiments. Now Gilles Seralini and colleagues have seen their paper in Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted  by publisher Elsevier because of concerns over the “number of animals in each study … Read More

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