Kenyan scientists weigh on GMOs

Scientists from one of Kenya’s premier university have endorsed crop genetic engineering. After a two-day workshop last week, University of Nairobi researchers dismissed fears that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) posed dangers to human health and the environment.

The scientists said although some caution was needed about GMOs, they had been found to be safe. They called on Kenya and other African countries to quickly enact biosafety laws that would allow their introduction.

Dr. John Nderitu, the Dean of College of Agriculture and Veterinary Services at the University of Nairobi likened GMOs to automobiles which he said if used badly could bring negative outcomes to the society. He said as long as there were biosafety laws to regulate GMOs, he saw nothing wrong in them.

The Kenyan scientists’ call could not have come at a better time. Debate on[...]

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Biological Clock Ticks for Men Too

Believe it or not, a man’s biological clock ticks too, much like a woman’s can. The older a man gets, the more time it can take for his partner to get pregnant. Even if a woman is in her 20’s, at the prime of her fertility, but her partner is age 45 or older, it can take as much as four times as long for her to get pregnant than it would if her partner were in his 20’s. Men need to realize that their age does affect fertility as well.

As a man gets older, the quality of his sperm also decreases. Sperm motility and overall quality decreases as a man ages, and this can sometimes cause problems. Paternal age has been directly linked to a greater risk of certain conditions like Down Syndrome,[...]

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Vilsack targeted for his Pro-GMOs stand

One day after President-Elect Barak Obama picked Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack, as Agriculture Secretary, anti-biotechnology activists are out in full force trying to paint him as an apologist for the biotech industry. Tara Lohan in an article on Alternet.org declares Obama is sending to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) “…a pro-GMOs, pro-Biofuels Ag Secretary.”

Way back on November 12, when word went out that Obama planned to nominate Vilsack, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) listed, on its website, six reasons why he’s inappropriate for the position.

Writing on the Nation, John Nichol quotes OCA as accusing Vilsack of having “…a glowing reputation as being a shill for agribusiness biotech[...]

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