By Frédérique Baudouin
Insecticidal Bt toxins such as those produced in genetically engineered plants can be detrimental to human cells. This is a result of recent research led by researchers at the University of Caen (France).
Their experiments showed that toxins produced in, for example, the genetically engineered maize MON810, can significantly impact the viability of human cells. The effects were observed with relatively high concentrations of the toxins, nevertheless there is cause for concern.
Posted in Biotechnology, Genetically Engineered Food, Scientific Studies
Tagged bt protein, bt toxic to human cells, CRIIGEN, gmo, gmo corn, mon810, monsanto, smartstax, University of Caen
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn.
In a development celebrated by the organic plaintiffs, Judge Naomi Buchwald announced on Dec. 28 that oral arguments on Monsanto’s motion to dismiss the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto will be heard in federal district court January 31, 2012 in Manhattan. Judge Buchwald’s decision will establish if organic farmers are to see their day in court.
Posted in Biotechnology, Courts - Justice System, Economics, Environment, EPA, FDA, Genetically Engineered Food, Land Rights, Litigation, Scientific Studies, USDA
Tagged monsanto, genetic contamination, bayer, basf, syngenta, seed monopoly, public patent foundation, pubpat, OSGATA, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn, transgenic patents, OSGATA v. Monsanto, Judge Naomi Buchwald