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“Years from now, we’ll know if 2007 is remembered as the year that local-food-ism entered the spotlight for good, or as the year that Monsanto ... quietly won the worldwide war over genetically modified crops,” writes Ari LeVaux in the “Year in Food,” available online at While more small farmers ditched the cumbersome and compromised “organic” label, notes LeVaux, last year the number of acres planted with Monsanto’s GMO seeds passed the billion mark.

It’s been a decade since GMO crops were introduced to the environment, and although some of the worst predictions of widespread eco-catastrophe have not yet materialized, as Elisabeth Rosenthal reports in a December 26 New York Times article, some researchers say they still can’t get access to the seeds to conduct independent tests that might assuage fears about long-term ripple effects (or address
A-B’s conspiracy theory about the disappearing bees ... ).

The backdrop for Rosenthal’s war of the science-citers is the European Union, where the top environment official is coming under fire for suggesting the EU ban a strain of genetically modified corn. Meanwhile, genetically engineered foods remain unlabled in the U.S., a topic you can read about at