biotechnology


5 Takeaways From Algae Week in Washington

, senior fuels engineer

I’ve been interested in algae for many years, since algae are unique and versatile organisms whose biomass can have a wide variety of uses. The prospects for leveraging algae to tackle food security, energy security, complex chemical synthesis and most significantly, climate change, are stimulating billions in investments and making the emerging algae industry very interesting to follow. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Breaking News: USDA and EPA Clearly Enlist™ to Ignore Science and Protect Industry Profits

, director, Food & Environment Program

In the worst kept news since the disclosure that Israel keeps an arsenal of nuclear weapons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week its widely expected approval of Enlist Duo™, the latest class of herbicide designed for use with herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Monsanto and the World Food Prize

, senior scientist, Food and Environment

As reported in the New York Times, the prestigious World Food Prize was awarded today to a trio of scientists who had important roles in the early development of crop genetic engineering. One, Robert Fraley, is at Monsanto, and another Mary-Dell Chilton, is with another seed giant, Syngenta. The third is European scientist Marc Van Montagu. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Biotech Rider a Threat to Farmers and the Environment

, senior scientist, Food and Environment

A short addition to the legislation passed last week to continue the funding of the U.S. government contained a gift for the biotech industry that could hurt the very farmers that the transnational seed companies love to cozy up to. It could also hurt the environment. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

A Less Thirsty Future Through Engineered Crops?

, senior scientist, Food and Environment

An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal sees a bright future for crops engineered for drought tolerance, water use efficiency, and other useful traits. The author, R. Paul Thompson, criticizes our recent report, “High and Dry,” for expressing too little faith in the ability of science and technology to make good on its unmet promises about genetic engineering. Read more >

Bookmark and Share