Category Archives: Biotech

Genetically Modified Foods show Bad Results in Animals

On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.

Read the entire article by GMO expert Jeffrey Smith in the PPNF Journal. Join the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation at http://www.ppnf.org .

Also, visit http://www.responsibletechnology.org for more GMO information.

The Business Strategy of Genetically Engineered/Modified Seeds

Genetically modified seeds can give higher farm yield but they come at a high price because the real cost of the seeds comes from the sustained dependency of the farmer on the seed company. In fact, for the control it gets on the farmers, the seed company could even give the seeds for free.

So the business strategy is very similar to how the printer companies like HP can actually afford to give the printers free, because the actual money comes from the printer cartridge sale.

The main difference is that seeds are much more important for a country’s economy, especially for a country like India with a large base of farmers who depend completely on agricultural income. It is also believed that most domestic seed companies in India are controlled or influenced by the multinational seed company.

A company like Monsanto is just doing its business. They have made investments in R&D and want profits like any other business. The solution lies in having more educated farmers who can make informed decisions about when to use Genetically Engineered/Modified Seeds and when to stick to organic seeds.

Improving biotech status of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Chinese Medicine recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Canada’s national food and biotech research institute AFMNet, one of four between Hong Kong and Canadian organisations.



AFMNet Chairman Dr Murray McLaughlin says the MOUs help to develop the research and expertise available on the medicinal benefits of plants, by using Chinese herbal techniques. Co-operation will hasten Hong Kong’s goal to become a regional biotech center. There are also benefits for Hong Kong institutes in using the Canadian synchrotron, the light beam technology that facilitates analysis and diagnostic work across wide industrial and agricultural fields. It could make sense for Hong Kong to develop its own synchrotron, Dr McLaughlin adds.




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