Edible Engineering

Genetically modified foods have emerged as one of the most controversial developments in science. Proponents argue that GM food could be the key to fighting global poverty and hunger. Those against GM food consider the accompanying environmental risks too high.

Food From Nowhere: Producers Reject Calls For Stricter Labels

Food From Nowhere: Producers Reject Calls For Stricter Labels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2012

Shoppers in the EU have a hard time determining exactly where processed food products come from. The industry is just fine with that, since such information might sometimes hurt sales. But attempts by consumer watchdogs to tighten labeling requirements have met with little success. By Charlotte Haunhorst more... Comment ]

'Consumers Aren't Ready for GM Crops': Food Companies Say No to Genetically Modified Potatoes

'Consumers Aren't Ready for GM Crops': Food Companies Say No to Genetically Modified Potatoes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2010

Some of Germany's leading food companies have indicated that they won't be using genetically modified potatoes any time soon, according to a recent survey. Several fear use of the GM crops in their products could damage their public images. more...

The World from Berlin: GM Potato Approval 'A Big Step for Germany'

The World from Berlin: GM Potato Approval 'A Big Step for Germany'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2010

The European Union has approved its first genetically modified plant since 1998. Though it claims its green light for BASF's Amflora potato breed is based on "sound science," that will do little to satisfy opponents. German editorialists differ in their stances on the debate over what critics call "Frankenstein foods." more...

Genetic Modification: Is Demonizing Monsanto Blocking Real Progress?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2009

Germans are celebrating the fact that the government has banned genetically modified corn. But the country's almost blanket opposition to genetic modification ignores the fact that it might just help scientists find a solution for feeding a swelling global population. By Christian Schwägerl more...

The World from Berlin: Frankenfood Ban Is 'Neither Populism nor Panic-Mongering'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2009

A German ban on genetically modified corn has found broad support in the German public, and protests against a patent on a strain of pig made headlines on Wednesday. German commentators wonder if this is just European technophobia or whether genes are a natural resource which no patent should restrain. more...

The World From Berlin: 'There Was No Reason to Accept The Risks of GM Corn'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2009

The German government's decision to ban the cultivation of genetically modified corn has been welcomed by most media commentators in Germany as an overdue step in response to fears that it poses unforeseeable risks. One paper, however, scoffs that "progress has become a dirty word" in Germany. more...

Monsanto Uprooted: Germany Bans Cultivation of GM Corn

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2009

Germany has banned the cultivation of GM corn, claiming that MON 810 is dangerous for the environment. But that argument might not stand up in court and Berlin could face fines totalling millions of euros if American multinational Monsanto decides to challenge the prohibition on its seed. more...

Genetically Modified Corn: German Lawmakers Mull a Frankenfood Ban

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2009

Does Germany's agriculture minister want to ban genetically modified corn in Germany because it may be risky, or is the idea meant to give her party a quick boost in the polls? The controversy exposes a rift in Germany's conservatives. more...

Legislative Maze: EU Commission Fails in Push for Genetically Modified Corn

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2009

On Monday, EU environment ministers successfully blocked a move by the European Commission to force Austria and Hungary to lift bans on genetically modified corn. A German decision on the Monsanto product is expected soon, as well. more...

Super Sorghum for the Poor: Can Genetic Crops Stop the Food Crisis?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2008

It will take some time before genetically modified crops can help the world's starving people. One reason is that agricultural corporations are developing the wrong types of plants. In emerging economies like Argentina and India, most GM crops are cultivated for use in export products. By Philip Bethge more...