Archives for December, 2009

On this blog, I will no longer be attempting to explain the difference between genetic engineering and molecular breeding. Instead I will simply refer those interested to Paul Voosen’s fine article on the subject published in Scientific American and the New York Times today.

The Gene Trade Goes Global

If you are a poor farmer in China, do you care if Monsanto dominates the seed industry in the US?

Food, Farming and Fruitcake

For most people, a fruitcake is an over-sweetened store-bought concoction, dry and dreadful, something to be thrown away as soon as the gift-giving friend has stepped off the front porch or quickly recycled to an unsuspecting colleague. But this is not how I feel about my mother’s fruitcake, a dense mixture of dried fruits and…