"What's For Lunch" Live Chat on GMOs in Developing Countries -
Jon Miller, lead reporter of the “Food for 9 Billion” series, has commandeered The World’s Facebook page for the next hour, to answer your questions about the use of genetically modified crops in developing countries.
It makes no sense from a scientific or agricultural point of view to refer to “GMOs” as if they were all the same. Just as apples are different from oranges, virus resistant cassavas grown in Uganda serve a different purpose and population than hybrid insect resistant corn grown in Kansas. — Pamela Ronald of UC Davis and author of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food,” in response to “GMO Lunch? Uganda Debates Disease-Resistant Cassava”
Does climate change make genetically modified vegetables more palatable?
Join The World on Facebook at 12-1pm EDT for a discussion moderated by “What’s for Lunch” series reporter Jon Miller.
Ninety-four-year-old global icon Nelson Mandela is ailing and the world is bracing themselves for the inevitable. See the story of Mandela through South African political cartoons, curated by John Curtis of Africartoons.com. Using only the work of South African satirists turned out to be a challenge since a ban during the Apartheid era made it illegal to show Mandela’s image. But Mandela’s absence in political cartoons turns out to be part of the story.
Cassava is a vital staple in Africa and one of the most climate-resilient crops anywhere. It’s also highly susceptible to viral diseases. In Uganda, scientists are testing a virus-resistant transgenic variety, which they hope to introduce for free. But it has run into a buzz saw of hostility towards genetically modified foods. Can this—or any—GMO succeed in the face of such determined opposition? Should it? http://ow.ly/m00cn
“What’s for Lunch?” reporter Jon Miller is taking over our Facebook page on Friday to moderate a discussion about the idea of using genetically modified crops in a world affected by climate change. Come to PRI’s The World on Facebook from 12-1pm EDT to join in!
Monsanto’s GMO wheat controversy leads to the return of the walking bread. -
See Stephen Colbert’s take the seed giant!
Eva Mugalu raised eleven kids on three acres of land in Uganda. She says she isn’t aware of the controversy over genetic engineered crops. She says she doesn’t really care where her crops come from, as long as they’re safe, and they’re there when she needs them.
Listen to “GMO Lunch: Uganda Debates Disease-Resistent Cassava”
Food Companies Meet to Weigh Federal Label for Gene-Engineered Ingredients -
A move by Wal-Mart to require labels on products that contain genetically engineered ingredients could be influential in developing a national labeling program.