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March 8, 2001 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New laboratory tests have found that veggie burgers and meat-free corn dogs made by natural foods brand Morningstar Farms contain genetically modified soy and the controversial genetically altered feed corn, StarLink, that has not been approved for human consumption. The tests, commissioned by the activist group Greenpeace, highlight the difficulty that even natural foods companies are having in assuring customers that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients. Kellogg Co.
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March 30, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The high-stakes battle over labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients is back. Less than two years after California voters narrowly turned down a labeling ballot measure, the state Senate is grappling with the issue. The 2012 campaign cost the food industry $46 million to fight, five times more than the amount spent by the measure's proponents. By a 5-2 vote last week, the Health Committee approved Senate Bill 1381, by Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1993
Wouldn't you think with all of the genetic engineering going on scientists could create either a Democrat with fiscal responsibility or a Republican with a social conscience? WOODY McBRIDE Manhattan Beach
OPINION
December 1, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
We're not exactly sure why two Los Angeles councilmen are proposing a ban on growing genetically engineered crops or selling the seeds in the city. Maybe that's because they don't seem all that clear on the matter themselves. So far as anyone knows, there are no plants grown in the city whose DNA was tinkered with in a laboratory, according to spokesmen for the two council members, Paul Koretz and Mitch O'Farrell. Nor does anyone have plans to grow them. Bioengineered seeds are generally sold to large agricultural operations, the type that an urban center doesn't have.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau
With a global population pressing against food supplies and vast areas of theĀ ocean swept clean of fish, tiny AquaBounty Technologies Inc. of Waltham, Mass., says it can help feed the world. The firm has developed genetically engineered salmon that reach market weight in half the usual time. What's more, it hopes to avoid the pollution, disease and other problems associated with saltwater fish farms by having its salmon raised in inland facilities. The Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve what would be the nation's first commercial genetically modified food animal.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Karin Klein
There's a dearth of evidence that genetically engineered food is dangerous to human health - but that doesn't mean consumers are wrong to have concerns about its effect on the environment and on non-bioengineered crops. U.S. agribusiness has rushed to embrace the GMO (for genetically modified organism, though genetically engineered is a more accurate term) possibilities, with almost all of our corn, soy and canola now featuring genes that have been tinkered with, usually to make them resistant to certain herbicides.
OPINION
September 14, 2010 | By Henry I. Miller
Over the last two decades, the use of modern genetic engineering technology to produce pharmaceuticals and new crop plants has given rise to prodigious scientific, humanitarian and financial successes. But its application to animals for food has lagged behind despite the fact that animal protein is expensive and increasingly sought-after worldwide. The reason for the lag is not technical difficulty. Thousands of animals with genes deleted or added have been engineered for scientific purposes; the catalog of available lines resembles the telephone directory of a small city, and these animals have made incalculable contributions to the understanding of mammalian gene function in health and disease.
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December 31, 1986 | Associated Press
A federal judge has dismissed two lawsuits by activist Jeremy Rifkin challenging the government's regulation of genetic engineering, a lawyer for Rifkin and a trade group said Tuesday. Judge Gerhard A. Gesell ruled that Rifkin had no legal right to sue at this point, said Andrew Kimball, one of Rifkin's lawyers, and Dick Godown, president of the Industrial Bio-Technology Assn.
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December 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A quick and easy way to remove so-called "marker genes" that are used during the genetic engineering of plants has been developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research center at Albany. The development is likely to lead to quicker approval of genetically engineered foodstuffs. The markers are inserted into a plant's genes along with a desired gene so that researchers will have an easy way to tell if the insertion was successful.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1993 | JEANE deCOSTER and DAVID CROOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Starting a few years ago with "SimCity" and progressing through a pack of other "Sim" programs, the programmers of Maxis have carved out a wonderful computer gaming niche for themselves. No one comes close to the clever, entertaining "software toys" of the inventive Orinda, Calif., firm. The latest is "SimLife," an intriguing and challenging genetic engineering game that explores ecology, evolution and artificial life. Your job is no less than the creation and sustaining of life itself.
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October 30, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A year after Proposition 37 narrowly failed in California, the labeling of genetically engineered foods is back on the ballot in Washington state, complete with a lawsuit by the state attorney general, a barrage of ads and a stark example of money's effect on politics. I-522, as it is called, officially became the most expensive initiative battle in Washington history this week, with a not-so-Washington twist. Out-of-state money is driving the debate. Of the $33 million raised to fight the labeling effort, about $10,000 came from donors within the state - making up just 0.03% of the "no" campaign war chest.
OPINION
August 30, 2013 | By Henry I. Miller
Americans might soon need to get used to apple or grape juice as their breakfast drink of choice - unless, that is, they're willing to pay exorbitant prices for orange juice. Or maybe scientists, plant breeders and farmers will manage to save the day, using two critical but often-disparaged technologies: chemical pesticides in the short run and genetic engineering in the longer term. The pestilence that is devastating Florida citrus is a disease called citrus greening. It is caused by a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus , which is spread by small insects called psyllids.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Karin Klein
There's a dearth of evidence that genetically engineered food is dangerous to human health - but that doesn't mean consumers are wrong to have concerns about its effect on the environment and on non-bioengineered crops. U.S. agribusiness has rushed to embrace the GMO (for genetically modified organism, though genetically engineered is a more accurate term) possibilities, with almost all of our corn, soy and canola now featuring genes that have been tinkered with, usually to make them resistant to certain herbicides.
OPINION
May 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The movement to force the labeling of genetically engineered food is gaining momentum. In November 2012, an initiative to require the labels in California was on the ballot; it was defeated. Now, federal legislation carried by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) would mandate labeling most bioengineered food nationwide. Yet the movement's argument is weakened by the lack of evidence that inserting fragments of DNA into crops harms our health. Pro-labeling activists - who also tend to be anti-Monsanto activists - point to polls finding that most Americans want the information labeled.
SCIENCE
March 23, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
When is a fish not a fish but a drug? When government regulators take old laws and twist themselves into knots trying to apply them to new technology. In the emotionally charged battle over the safety and appropriateness of genetically modified foods, people on both sides agree that the way the government oversees genetically modified plants and animals is patchy, inconsistent and at times just plain bizarre. Soon, analysts say, the system may be stretched to the breaking point.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Researchers at UCLA have genetically engineered tomatoes that, when fed to mice, mimic the beneficial qualities of good cholesterol, according to a new study. In a paper published Tuesday in the Journal of Lipid Research, authors used bacteria to insert genes into the cells of tomato plants, so that they would produce a peptide that mimics the actions of HDL, or "good" cholesterol. Later generations of those genetically engineered tomatoes were frozen, ground up and then fed to female mice who were themselves bred to be highly susceptible to LDL, or "bad" cholesterol.
SCIENCE
February 23, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Consumers who believe they have a right to know whether their food contains genetically modified ingredients are pressing lawmakers, regulators and voters to require labels on altered foods. But even if they succeed, experts say there's no guarantee that labels identifying genetically engineered foods would ever appear on packages. "People are usually surprised to learn that there is no legal right to know," said Michael Rodemeyer, an expert on biotechnology policy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
SCIENCE
December 21, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
After more than a decade in regulatory limbo, genetically engineered Atlantic salmon that grow faster than their naturally born counterparts moved closer to American plates, with the publication Friday of a government report that found the fish wouldn't hurt the environment and would be safe to eat. The draft report, released by the Food and Drug Administration after months of unexplained delay, was greeted with cheers by members of the biotech community...
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