As Jurassic World conquered the US box office, as it landed the 3rd highest grossing film in 2015, the question of having live dinosaurs in our time has again come to mind. Extracting dinosaur DNA from fossilized amber certainly makes for a great science fiction classic. It’s also called fiction because it’s too far-fetched to happen in real life. Or is it? Modern science has shown promise with a few extinct mammals. Continue reading
There is a lot of anti-GMO here in this country. Armed with signs and outrage they head for the streets shouting their displeasure to the world. They send letters to politicians; make blogs, boycott GMO products, and many other things so their voices are heard. Continue reading
Mushrooms come in all sizes, shapes and flavors. The textures vary from solid and firm to soft and fluffy. Whether smothered in an omelet or scattered on pizza, mushrooms are not just another tasty gourmet treat. Their therapeutic or healing properties are known worldwide. Continue reading
Down on the farm, freshness and variety may be nearer than you think. Farmers’ markets are catching on all over the country, and new markets are popping up every year. The only way you can beat the freshness is by strapping on a green thumb and growing the produce yourself. Continue reading
Biotechnology is an industry involving the manipulation of DNA to create more desirable molecules. Mendel’s work with pea plants determined that living things do share traits. Geneticists study the nature of DNA in order to better understand heredity of several species. Recent genetic engineering practiced in the lab are found in the supermarkets as genetically modified vegetables. Certain diseases are combated with DNA altered in the laboratory. Biotechnology is the field of perfecting life. Continue reading
Americans trust that ingredients on food labels are complete and safe. Yet, few know and even less approve of the undisclosed, genetically modified food in the pantry.
The Food and Drug Administration has no reason to believe that bioengineered food is any different from food grown with original DNA. Because of this stance, disclosing food as “genetically modified” or bioengineered is voluntary. None of the associated processors opt for this disclosure because 87% of people polled in 2008 by CBS do not want to eat manipulated food (Miller, 2009). Eighty percent of processed foods lining grocery store shelves are genetically modified. It is doubtful the general public is aware of this fact. Continue reading