food

GMO Wheat
4:56 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

USDA Boosts Investigation Of Oregon GMO Wheat

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:14 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has increased the number of investigators and field staff looking into the genetically modified wheat found on an Oregon farm. There are now 15 people on the ground in the Northwest, up from nine last week.

In about a month, Northwest wheat farmers will rev up their tractors for harvest. That means USDA investigators have a limited time to figure out how the genetically modified wheat sprouted up.

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Testing Wheat
3:55 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Scientists Test For Genetically Modified Wheat

Scientists use a method called the polymerase chain reaction to identify genetically modified wheat.
Credit Gary Halvorson / Wikimedia Commons

The European Union and Korea have said they will test U.S. shipments of wheat for genetic modification. That’s after last week's report that an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto was found on an Oregon farm.

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GMO Wheat
4:49 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Washington Wheat Growers React To GMO Discovery

Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the U.S.
Credit Gary Halvorson / Wikimedia Commons

An official with the group that represents Washington state wheat growers does not seem to be too worried about the discovery of genetically modified wheat in a field in Oregon.

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Genetically Modified Wheat
4:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Japan Suspends White Winter Wheat Purchases from the Northwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating how genetically modified wheat turned up in a field in Oregon.
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Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the Pacific Northwest. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture announced the move in response to a report that U.S. regulators found genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm.

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Vegetarian Trout
7:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Farmed Trout Go Vegetarian (Sort Of), Taste Virtually The Same

Alternative feeds resulted in slightly different colors and textures in trout fillets.
Credit Tom Banse

The search is on for a cost-effective alternative fish food. And we don't mean the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavor. What we're talking about is the pellets fed to farmed fish. A key ingredient in commercial feed is other fish caught in the wild. Northwest trout farmers - and some salmon growers - recognize that practice is unsustainable. But trout are carnivores. They can't just become vegetarians, or can they? Correspondent Tom Banse joined a taste test to see if seafood consumers can tell any difference.

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Genetically Modified Potatoes
5:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Idaho Company Seeks To Introduce Genetically Engineered Potato

Simplot Plant Sciences

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:11 pm

One of the country's leading suppliers of french fries is asking the federal government to approve genetically modified potatoes. The USDA announced the move Friday by the J.R. Simplot Company of Idaho. It would be the only genetically engineered potato on the market.

Simplot has branded them Innate potatoes. The company figured out how to use existing potato DNA to design a spud that’s less prone to dark spots. It also produces less acrylamide when cooked. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin found in many foods. Studies on animals have indicated it may also cause cancer.

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Organic Food
5:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

What Do Antibiotics Have To Do With Organic Apples, Pears?

Apples and pears can be certified as organic, even if they’re treated with antibiotics to prevent disease.
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Not all organic food is created equally. Unlike beef or chicken, apples and pears can be certified as organic, even if they’re treated with antibiotics to prevent disease. Food safety groups are meeting this week in Portland to petition against the practice.

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Food Safety
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

A Long Road To Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public. The new rules were triggered by a series of foodborne illness outbreaks. Twenty years ago Seattle was at the epicenter of one of the earliest and most notorious. Hundreds of people got sick from eating contaminated burgers. Ruby de Luna has this story of one family’s experience.

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Fish Labeling
7:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

New Report Shows Fish Mislabeling Nationwide

Fish served in restaurants nationwide may not be what it appears, according to a new report.
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That nice piece of fish you might order at a restaurant or pick up from the grocery store may not actually be the type of fish you think it is. In fact, 1/3 of the seafood sold in restaurants, grocery stores and sushi bars may be mislabeled. That’s according to a new report released by an environmental group that advocates for ocean health.

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GMO Labeling Debate
7:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Washington Senate Panel Hears Debate On GMO Labeling

A Washington State Senate Committee heard testimony last week regarding the state initiative that calls for labeling genetically modified foods. Steve Jackson has more.

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