Today on the GMO beat, Grub Street has news that burrito juggernaut Chipotle has begun identified genetically modified ingredients on its website. The restaurant has built its brand on the strength of local and organic, and this is a bold move, considering that many of its ingredients are fried in G ... More >>
GMO transparency has become a hot-button issue in the country for the past few years, and even though California's Prop. 37 was defeated last November, a few other states are moving toward legislation requiring labels on any genetically modified foods sold in supermarkets. Today Whole Foods Market t ... More >>
Chef Tyson Cole of Austin's Uchi & Uchiko makes a good point in naming Chipotle as one of the most important restaurants in the country in Bon Appetit. "Why? Their utilization of sustainably sourced goods, food made fresh daily, and, with thousands of locations, their overall reach," he's quoted as ... More >>
Over the holidays, the U.S. Food and Drink Administration took one step closer to approving genetically engineered salmon for public sale. The agency released a report saying that the fish wasn't likely to pose a threat to the environment or to the people who eat it. These GE salmon, called AquAdvan ... More >>
A new study has just come out that shows that 67% of voters continue to support the labeling of genetically modified foods, despite the defeat of Prop. 37 in last November's election. The controversial Prop. 37, which would have required a label on any genetically modified food sold in California, w ... More >>
It's been a few months since California residents voted down Prop. 37, the controversial initiative in last November's election that would have required labels on any genetically modified food sold in the state. Now Washington state, of recent gay marriage and pot legalization approval, might be the ... More >>
So there's been a lot of talk about genetically modified crops these past few weeks in light of Prop. 37. And maybe you've been nodding along in conversations, pretending you have a comprehensive grasp on the whole GMO issue, but really don't know much about the crops beyond the fact that they're, u ... More >>
Proposition 37, the California initiative to label genetically modified food, was defeated last night with a 53% majority vote against the proposed labeling law. But just because this battle was lost, those behind the Yes on 37 campaign say the war is far from over. The group is focusing on the 4.3 ... More >>
By now you've probably heard that a major food fight is going down on the state ballot on Tuesday. If passed, Proposition 37 would require a label on any genetically engineered foods and food products sold in California -- an unprecedented move that could end up shaping food policy on a national lev ... More >>
Doesn't like meatAuthorities say they have some big development in the unresolved case of Daniel Andreas San Diego, the vegan animal liberationist who is wanted for the 2003 bombings of a biotechnology firm and a nutrition and cosmetics company in the Bay Area. FBI officials told reporters that S ... More >>
This is not AquaBounty's GM salmon. It is also not PhotoShopped. Good god.For years, SFoodie has been hearing about the development of AquaBounty's AquAdvantage giant farmed salmon, which are bred to produce growth hormone continuously throughout their lives so they reach market weight much faste ... More >>
PCC Farmland TrustCalifornia's food activists are on the verge of gaining a ban on the import of shark fins. And starting next July, sale of foie gras in this state will be illegal. We care about animal welfare here; we passed a law regulating the size of chickens' cages. But perhaps becaus ... More >>
Matt Smith illustrationUp with corporate welfare!Gov. Jerry Brown has moved to cut public money thrown at enterprise tax zones, which provide breaks to companies in certain disadvantaged areas, including San Francisco's financial district and SOMA.But San Francisco companies are veritable corpora ... More >>
Fact: Beet deregulation would be a boon to Schrute family farms Beets are not always the preferred vegetable on one's plate, but they are considered among the healthier foods we eat -- until they're not.Food Safety groups are challenging beet growers who are attempting to plant genetically engine ... More >>
Shiho Fukada/New York TimesImages are "painted" using thousands of rice plants genetically engineered to have different hues.In Inkadate, a village in rural northern Japan, rice is not just an important crop, a staple, it's a medium for intricate, colorful paddy art that might make Christo or ... More >>
arcticpenguin/FlickrIs the Supreme Court nominee Roundup Ready?Over at The Atlantic's online presence, Barry Estabrook, a former contributing editor for Gourmet, has a bone to pick with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Some critics may question Elena Kagan's position on battlefield ... More >>
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson @ Booksmith How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution author Kyle Kurpinski didn't get lucky with a popular humor Tumblr, or a witty Twitter feed, or an auspicious Foursquare check-in near a HarperStudio book editor desp ... More >>
City College budget cuts complicate Hollywood ending for student bioengineers.
Marie CseteThe chief scientific officer at California's stem-cell agency has announced that she will step down from her position in a little over a month.Marie Csete, who had been at the San Francisco-based California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for slightly more than a year, has so f ... More >>
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Breast cancer activists rage at Genentech for withholding an experimental drug