November 7, 2013 The "no" campaign appears to have an insurmountable lead in early counts with 54 percent of votes. The ballot initiative in favor of labeling had strong public support two months ago. But food companies spent millions to persuade voters that the labels would increase the cost of groceries.
October 16, 2013 The campaign to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is gaining ground in some parts of the U.S. But GMO ingredients are found in some 70 percent of foods we buy in the U.S. Would a ubiquitous GMO label scare off consumers, or would they learn to accept it and buy anyway?
September 17, 2013 Tufts University says that one of its researchers violated ethics rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified "golden rice" in China. The study showed that the rice can fight malnutrition, but researchers didn't provide enough information to the parents of the children who ate it, Tufts says.
July 31, 2013 Genetically modified crops are here to stay. How should we react? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it's time for scientists to take a larger role in the debate, bringing what we know out into the light and asking the important questions that are yet to be answered.
July 17, 2013 Government investigators are trying to solve an agricultural whodunit: How did genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale end up in a farmer's field in Oregon? Some are raising the possibility of sabotage; others suspect simple human error.
June 28, 2013 Some farmers say they are willing to shoulder the extra cost and time of specialty feed because they're turned off by conventional feed mixes. A few will even take custom feed requests from chefs and diners.
June 12, 2013 Monsanto has said that it won't sue anyone for accidentally growing trace amounts of its patented crops. Now, that promise is legally binding, a federal appeals court says.
June 9, 2013 Photographer Ajay Malghan takes familiar foods and makes them look foreign. He says it's a statement on genetically modified food. But if you want to just appreciate it as abstract art, that's OK too, he says.
March 21, 2013 Congress on Thursday approved stopgap funding legislation that includes language explicitly granting the USDA authority to override a judge's ruling against genetically modified crops. Critics denounce the measure as the "Monsanto Protection Act." But it seems to be codifying powers the USDA already has exercised in the past.
January 15, 2013 Many farmers are worried that the biotech giant will sue them if a patented gene gets accidentally incorporated into their crops. But in a departure, one Monsanto lawyer says that only farmers that specifically take advantage of the company's technology would face a lawsuit.
May 14, 2012 A new analysis of the labeling initiative, which may go on the ballot in November, shows that it would create a complex and nuanced set of restrictions for food companies on what "natural" food is.
March 27, 2012 A coalition calling itself Just Label It released the results today of a survey it commissioned from The Mellman Group, a national pollster. The survey found that 91 percent of voters favor the labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients.
March 12, 2012 All of our food crops are descended from plants that once grew wild. But the line that separates a despised weed from a valuable crop is sometimes a very fuzzy one.