17 Apr

Cheaper Street Drugs And Weaponized GMOs

by GMO Skeptic

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I. Cheap Street Drugs

An editorial in the May 18, 2015 edition of Nature calls for the regulation of GMO yeast that can be used to cheaply synthesize common opiates such as morphine and codeine. The editorial is in response to recent research that reported the development of a pathway for converting tyrosine into reticuline, a necessary step toward production of illicit substances.

In principle, anyone with access to the yeast strain and basic skills in fermentation would be able to grow morphine-producing yeast using a home-brew kit for beer-making. If the modified yeast strain produced 10 grams of morphine, users would need to drink only 1–2 millilitres of the liquid to obtain a standard prescribed dose. — Ibid. (Emphasis added.)

17 Apr

Skirmishes in the GMO Labeling War

by GMO Skeptic

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The New York Times had an article recently on the increasing proliferation of GMO labeling despite the dark forces allayed against this common-sense form of consumer information. This follows on the heels of recent news articles about how the world has reached Peak Food level on many commodities despite claims by GMO pushers that genetic engineering of food has solved world hunger.

From the Times:

And while interest groups and advocates wage war in state legislatures, on ballots and in Congress over what should be disclosed on product labels, products certified as not containing genetically modified organisms are proliferating on grocery shelves without any nationwide mandatory regulations.

17 Apr

Is GMO The Best Answer For World Hunger?

by GMO Skeptic

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There is wonderful news about food. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report released recently says

Global markets for most foodstuffs are characterized by abundant supplies and less uncertainty than in recent years, a situation reflected in FAO’s Food Price Index falling to a four year low. Major exceptions are markets for animal-based products, which are expected to sustain a 1 trillion dollar world food import bill for the fifth year in succession. (PDF file: Food Outlook — Biannual Report on Global Food Markets)