Food and Ag in 2 Minutes

Food and Ag in 2 Minutes

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This is Food and Ag in 2.

Celebrity GMO misconceptions

Food writer Julie Kelly is concerned about the implications of Hollywood celebrities spreading misconceptions about GMOs. Writing for Genetic Literacy Project, Kelly contends that due to the expansive influence celebrities have, they are filling in the gap in public knowledge of GMOs left by food and ag scientists. Kelly contends that celebrities’ misinformation is detrimental to the biotech industry and she encourages scientists to communicate with the public more.

Corn research

Researchers at the University of Arizona have reported a new method to save the millions of tons of crops lost to a fungus each year. Their approach uses transgenic corn plants that produce small RNA molecules that prevent the fungus from producing highly toxic substances that cause the entire crop to be deemed unsafe for human consumption. Their research, funded by the Gates Foundation, could significantly improve food security, especially in developing nations.

Dirty Dozen list

American Council on Science and Health’s Hank Campbell criticizes Environmental Working Group’s latest Dirty Dozen list. The list identifies the foods with the most pesticide residues as a means to promote organic over conventional foods. Campbell contends that the list uses inaccurate methods to determine what products make the list, and notes that all U.S. produce has been deemed safe. He encourages consumers to ignore the list and make educated, healthy decisions.

Glyphosate

The European Chemicals Agency has recently reported that glyphosate, most commonly found in Monsanto’s weed control product Roundup, is not hazardous. Science 2.0 points out that this runs contrary to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s results that deemed glyphosate as toxic. Science 2.0 notes that the timing is unfortunate for ongoing litigation against Monsanto, which is based on IARC’s report.

I’m Maya Menon, with v-Fluence, a global provider of food and ag intelligence.

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