Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)

A triple-bottom-line look at the GMO debate

A genetically-modified organism (GMO) is the result of a laboratory process in which genes are extracted from the DNA of a species of plant or animal, modified or copied, and reintroduced into the genome of the same or a different species.

While mankind has practiced selective plant and animal breeding for centuries, the modern GMO process is decidedly different. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as other government departments and researchers from across the scientific community, maintain that GMOs are as safe as conventional crops. But advocacy groups, consumers and even companies are calling on government to require labeling of products containing GMO ingredients so shoppers can decide for themselves.

The GMO debate will undoubtedly rage on, and we’ll have our eyes peeled. Read on for our coverage.

Dr. Bronner’s Says Bye-Bye To Organic Trade Association

Personal care company Dr. Bronner’s resigned from the Organic Trade Association earlier this week over its backing of America's controversial GMO labeling legislation.

How a Bad GMO Bill Becomes Law

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As Advocates Gripe Over GMO-Labeling Law, One Company Leads

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Advocates: Organic Food Companies Worked with Monsanto on Bogus GMO-Labeling Bill

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Vermont GMO Labelling to Start Tomorrow

Vermont's GMO-labeling law, the first passed in the nation, goes into effect on July 1. But not if two senators have their way.

National Academy of Sciences Weighs In On Genetically-Engineered Foods

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The Royal Society Launches GMO Guide for U.K. Consumers

The Royal Society, which for 356 years has covered everything from farming to ethics to climate change, explored what it says are the…

Monsanto Says ‘No’ to Bayer, But Still Faces Long-Term Struggles

After mulling Bayer’s takeover bid, Monsanto rejected the acquisition offer yesterday as being “incomplete and financially inadequate,” but said it would leave the…

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More than 100 years ago, the first fledgling calls for business transparency were heard. At that time, it was in the grueling textile…

Residue of Herbicide Glyphosate Found In Common Breakfast Foods

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Monsanto 2015 Sustainability Report: Does It Go Far Enough?

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Think the DARK Act Was Defeated? Not So Fast

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Grocery Manufacturers of America Found Guilty of Money Laundering in GMO Campaign

A Washington state court ruled in a recent summary judgment that when the Grocery Manufacturers Association tried to conceal the identity of contributors…