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Vegans Must March for Science

Science and justice go hand in hand. By Jayson Merkley Director, Vegan GMO If you see veganism as a movement for justice then you better be at the March for Science this weekend. That’s what veganism is for us. Not a weight-loss diet, not a fad, not a marketing gimmick. Veganism is how we express […]

GMO Soy

Typically, when a genetically modified crop is developed, it undergoes safety tests to ensure that (1) its chemical composition and nutrition are not significantly different from those of its conventional counterparts; (2) the only detectable differences in proteins between the two varieties arise from the inserted gene(s); (3) those proteins are not toxic, even at […]

Xanthan Gum

Humans have been breeding plants for thousands of years, and agriculture was a watershed in our evolution. Plants are bred to exhibit desirable traits, a process that was sometimes helped along by spontaneous mutations – such as the mutation that brought us sticky rice about 1,000 years ago (Ronald, 88). New techniques have developed over […]

Transgenic Papaya

Papaya is an important source of vitamin A in many parts of the developing world; in fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked it No. 1 on its list of most nutritious fruits (C. Gonsalves). After a seed is planted, fruit appears in just nine months, and within a year the tree […]

Bt Toxin

A bacteria species called Bacillus thuringiensis, which occurs naturally in the soil, manufactures a poison called Bt toxin. It seems to target plant pests, such as the European corn borer, almost exclusively. Corn and cotton have also been genetically engineered to express the Bt toxin, making the plants poisonous to pests but not to humans. […]

Roundup (Glyphosate)

Farm workers and chemical workers suffer from the highest levels of exposure to pesticides, usually from inadequate protection and misuse of chemicals. Often, the workers are not educated about how to protect themselves or aren’t provided with adequate protective gear. Also, labor laws and protections for workers vary from country to country, and illiteracy and […]

Conventional and Transgenic Cassava

There are areas of the world disproportionately affected by droughts, famines, and malnutrition. Although some argue that food shortages and malnutrition have political or economic roots, the fact remains that weather patterns and prevalence of pests both fall outside the purview of corrupt political systems – in this case, drought- and pest-resistant crops can be […]

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