Book Review: Pandora’s Picnic Basket

First published in 2000 under the title A Consumer’s Guide to GM Food: From Green Genes to Red Herrings, this book was devised by scientist Alan McHughen to act as a fundamental guide to agricultural biotechnology, how it works, and what the science has achieved. It was retitled to Pandora’s Picnic Basket when released in […]

Self-Cloning Eucalyptus

The paper industry, even with the modern trend of digitization of materials and online news and book sources, continues to make the wood pulp market a large commercial force in the world, dominated by the use of Eucalyptus as a backbone for paper production. The use of Eucalyptus as oil has also seen a dramatic […]

The Alpha-Amylase Pea and Weevils

All crops have to contend with parasites and pests, whether of the insect or bacterial variety, and farmers have to create multiple methods to protect their crops and farm yields. For legume farmers and the various types of beans they grow, it is the Bruchus family of beetles that continues to be one of the […]

The Antioxidant Purple Tomato

At the turn of the decade, a new “scientific” fad diet began to spread across the internet and the nutrition community with claims of tiny particles destroying your body from the inside out. Remarks about how only a diet rich in specific fruits and vegetables and their protective antioxidants would keep you healthy and make […]

Blight Resistant Rice and You

Rice is the most important crop ever cultivated by mankind. It has fed millions of people over millennia and has remained a staple food source for a majority of the world. The two most populous countries in the world by far, China and India, have had rice as a main product in their cuisine for […]

The EFSA’s Squabble with Austria

Austria has a bit of a problem with genetically modified crops. This is not an altogether surprising statement, as the nation has for two decades been heavily involved in promoting organic farming, in addition to utilizing “holistic” farming processes that include homeopathy as the main treatment for sick animals.[1] The fact that hundreds of scientific […]