USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

November 11, 2014 by  
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Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot,  the new potato “has 40% less bruise” than regular potatoes and doesn’t turn brown after it’s cut, thereby reducing food wastage . It’s also lower in the amino acid asparagine, which oxidizes into a suspected human carcinogen when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures, such as when making french fries or potato chips. One of Simplot’s biggest customers is McDonald’s , and the company is already being lobbied by anti-GMO campaigners to not accept Simplot’s new offering, despite its touted benefits. Read the rest of USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acrylamide , asparagine , GE crops , GE potato , genetically engineered , genetically modified foods , GM , GM potato , GMO , GMO crops , mcdonalds , Monsanto , potato , RNA interference , Simplot , usda

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AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

November 11, 2014 by  
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The ALEC exodus keeps on gaining momentum and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. The most recent company to jump ship is internet giant AOL, which announced on Monday that it had decided not to renew its membership with the council. The company didn’t give any reason for leaving, but they are another in a rapidly growing list of  companies who have been eager to disassociate their brand from the controversial group, which has been called out for its seriously questionable viewpoints on climate change  and gun control. Read the rest of AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ALEC , ALEC climate change , ALEC environmental issues , America Online , America Online ALEC , American Online leaves ALEC , AOL , AOL ALEC , AOL leaves ALEC , Climate Change , climate change policy , climate change regulation , eBay ALEC , Expedia ALEC , Google leaves ALEC , Oil company leaves ALEC

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