The Future of Agriculture

Have you ever spent hours in the grocery store looking for blueberries, only to be told that they are out of season and not available at the store? Yeah me neither, blueberries aren’t that special. But fruits and veggies might always be “in season” thanks to Mirai, an indoor farm in Japan that can produce…

Escaping Regulation: Gene Editing in Bio-Agriculture Companies

Bio-agriculture companies are using technical loopholes to avoid regulations by utilizing new methods for gene editing. Since 1986, the Agriculture Department (AD), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration share the oversight of crops. Usually GMOs fall under the jurisdiction of the AD, which is responsible for protecting American crops from plant pests.…

General Mills Debate over GMOs

    General Mills Inc. struck down a proposal to ban GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) as ingredients from all their brands last week at their annual shareholder meeting. A resounding 98 percent of shareholders voted against a companywide ban. The definitive decision comes as somewhat of a surprise because of the company’s recent removal of…

Vegans, Eat More Cheese

The art of creating cheese is a tale as old as time, dating back thousands of years. This tradition is changing because of a team of citizen scientists, bio-hackers, biotech-engineers, and computer scientists from the Bay area in San Francisco. According to the video and USA TODAY, 60% of adults are considered lactose intolerant. These…

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Beans and Biotechnology

We have all heard of the negative health consequences that come with consuming trans-fats from foods. Trans fats are especially bad for your heart, as they cause arteries to clog, raise your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and lower your “good” (HDL) cholesterol. Trans fat, also known as trans-fatty acids, are actually considered to be the worst…

Have Your Cake and Tomatoes Too

We constantly watch what we eat, conscious of lowering our ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and raising our ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL). We may not always understand the biology and science behind cholesterol production, but we avoid high-fat foods to prevent the clogging of our arteries, just as science and doctors have always advised. Until now, scientists believed…

Should We Label GE Foods?

In Washington State, a new initiative I-522 or “ the People’s right to know Genetically Engineered Food Act” is causing quite a scare about GE foods among local consumers. There is a website now dedicated to the campaign, Yeson522, where readers can find all kinds of information on the “dangers” of “unnatural” genetically engineered foods.…