China’s state media is working overtime to persuade the public that genetically modified food is safe, apparently softening up the population for a policy switch to allow the sale of such food to ensure its 1.35 billion people have enough to eat.Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 10:55am 1 comment
In its first detailed response to the announcement that a genetically modified wheat not approved for use was found growing in an American farmer's field, Monsanto said that it tested 31,200 seed samples in the US states of Oregon, where the wheat was found, and Washington and found no contamination.9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am
Alex Lo's column scolding the millions around the world who marched against Monsanto and its genetically modified crops ("Time to modify our stance on GM food", May 28) misses the point entirely.3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 3 comments
Millions of activists marched around the world over the weekend against seeds giant Monsanto and the genetically modified crops it produces, according to news reports. Millions? Can so many still be so misguided?28 May 2013 - 1:21am 8 comments
Hundreds of people held marches on Saturday in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. In Washington, protesters wearing yellow-and-black shirts lay on the pavement in a bee "die-in" outside Monsanto's offices.27 May 2013 - 5:59am
Once scientists finish precisely mapping all the wheat genomes, higher-yielding varieties that are more resilient to disease and harsh weather conditions are expected to be developed.3 Apr 2013 - 2:27pm
People everywhere are increasingly vulnerable to the use of what Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irving Langmuir dubbed "pathological science" to justify government regulation or other policies.2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am 5 comments
Parents of children who unwittingly took part in a controversial testing of genetically modified rice on children in Hunan five years ago - which resulted in the sacking of three scientists on Thursday - were only shown the last page of the endorsement paper, state media reported yesterday.8 Dec 2012 - 4:41am
Tomatoes genetically engineered to unclog arteries and a strain of a bacteria in yogurt designed to lower cholesterol are among a new wave of alternative remedies showing promise in the fight against heart disease.7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am
Rice is a food staple for two billion people worldwide, but it does not contain provitamin A. That is one of the reasons why 250 million children worldwide have a deficit in this vital vitamin.
Vitamin A is not only important for vision, but also for resistance to infectious diseases.1 Oct 2012 - 6:46pm
Chinese health authorities have suspended a government researcher involved in a controversial genetically modified rice trial at a Hunan primary school and criticised the American research chief for failing to get the necessary approvals.12 Sep 2012 - 12:18pm
China’s health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified (GMO) rice was tested on Chinese children as part of a Sino-US research project, state media said on Tuesday.
One Chinese researcher has been suspended by authorities while investigations are carried out.23 Sep 2012 - 6:19pm
A controversy has erupted on the mainland over the ethics of using primary-school children in Hunan in a study of the nutritional value of a genetically modified (GM) rice strain.
And the latest twist is that several Chinese scientists named as partners in the American-led study, conducted four years ago, denied participating in it at all, the People's Daily said yesterday.6 Sep 2012 - 9:49am
Let's stop compensated dating
Young girls getting involved in compensated dating is a serious problem. It is not only a social problem, but also a moral issue. It is probably related to other problems, which makes it complex.31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am
No winner of the Nobel Peace Prize could claim to have saved as many lives as the late Norman Borlaug. The high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties the American pioneered in the 1960s in response to a looming population crisis earned him the title 'father of the green revolution'.15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am