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Category: Environment

Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

Did you know that cocoa plants (Theobroma cacao) around the world are being affected by viruses and fungi, to the point of killing whole crops? The CRISPR technique could make them resistant to these infections, saving cocoa crops, chocolate, and more than 50 million jobs generated by their industry!

Article by Laura Geggel, Livescience

Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

A cocoa pod in Ecuador infected with the fungus Moniliophthora roreri, which causes frosty pod. Credit: Shutterstock

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Frog goes extinct, media yawns.

A lot of people claims to care about protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity, but they don’t pay attention to this kind of issues, they’d rather spread misinformation and talk about non-existing problems.

Frog goes extinct, media yawn

Toughie, the last of the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrogs, died in September. His passing, and the species extinction, was ignored by much of the media. Photograph: Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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Giving farmers the freedom to make choices

My good friend Jayson Merkley tells a story about change and how important it is that farmers are allowed to access biotechnology.

Giving farmers the freedom to make choices

Banana farmers sell their crop at a market in Uganda. Photo by Joan Conrow.

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March against Monsanto Denver claimed that GM papaya kills pollinators and soil bacteria.

March Against Monsanto Denver claimed that GM papaya kills pollinators and soil bacteria.

I asked about their sources and their evidence, they asked me to do my own research.

Well, I am a biologist. I have devoted half of my life, even before I was an adult, to do my own research. I have seen all sort of ridiculous and crazy claims, and there is never evidence.

There is no research or peer reviewed papers linking GM papayas to pollinator death or to soil decay. This is simply a lie. March Against Monsanto is lying. This is not a different opinion, this is not one of those sketchy papers in marginal journals. Simply, there is no evidence, that claim is complete and utter bullshit.

I don’t know why these people have to lie to make their point. They demand transparency from others, they demand respect, yet the lie, they discriminate and they insult.

I f I am proved wrong, I will make a public apology and make a donation to an organic charity of their choice. I will record the apology and upload it to YouTube.

All I ask is hard evidence of damage to pollinators AND damage to soil bacteria by GM papaya. Peer reviewed papers will do.

This is their opportunity to shut me up, to prove I am wrong and make me pay money to a charity of their choice. The ball is in their court. Will they pass this wonderful opportunity to make me look like a moron and discredit my activism or will they ignore it because they lied?

Come on, foks! Come and teach me. Shut me up. Prove that I have no idea about what I am talking. Do it before June 1st.

Pro-science folks, feel free to share this with your closest MAM group.

 

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Does Greenpeace International really care about the environment?

I don’t think so. They have remained silent about a large ecocide in Venezuela, where Russian mining companies are destroying the rainforest in the Roraima National Park. Thousands of unique species are being killed, and not a word from Greenpeace. You check their website and there is no mention of this. Real environmental destruction is completely ignored while the theoretical and extremely unlikely risks of GMOs are exaggerated and relentlessly promoted.
They don’t care about people either, as they show when they oppose Golden Rice.

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