Genetic ownership could come under serious question if companies can patent naturally occurring DNA segments in cattle. And that has already happened in Australia.
While current public debate centers on GMOs for dinner, the conversation may soon turn to GMO fashions. Cashmere goat herders in China are eyeing genetic engineering to keep those luxury sweaters on store shelves and to green the process too.
Up until recently, genetic analytics were primarily used to improve carcass yield or disease and weather resistance in livestock. But now scientists have flipped those analytics to forecast what is likely to threaten livestock too.
How much genetic fiddling is profitable and how much is overkill? And when new tech reveals all from farm to table, how will consumers feel about any of it?
Remember Dolly the Sheep? Turns out her clones are not monsters and are living health, normal lives.
In the ongoing public debate over the safety of genetically-modified foods, few stop to think how genetically-modified foods might actually save humans. Oh sure, plenty of people, including just about all farmers, think about how genetically-modified organisms can better withstand a lot of things ranging from drought to disease, but as it turns out, that is only part of the story.
The European Commission appears to be stalling on making a decision on whether gene-edited organisms are the same as genetically-modified organisms and what the means to regulations. Meanwhile, some EU breeders are urging the Commission to follow Canada’s lead on regulating both.