ST. LOUIS — In a nondescript basement lab, jeans-clad engineers clutch blueprints, scrape stepladders across the unfinished floor and chat about the Cardinals as they tighten bolts on a new prototype device. At first glance, it could be any machine shop in the country.
But then you notice the wispy strands of soybean seedlings curling to life, their root tendrils bunched into test tubes lightly packed with soil, and you remember — this place is all about seeds.
A three-year study concludes GM soybeans are less successful than their natural counterparts
By Matt Ransford
Posted 04.21.2008 at 7:04 am 2 Comments
When genetically modified (GM) crops were first introduced, they were met with quite a lot of skepticism, not only in regards to their unproven long-term safety and efficacy but to their potential to be high-yield super crops. A three-year University of Kansas study has now confirmed the findings of a previous University of Nebraska study as to the yield abilities of the GM soybean from Monsanto: not only is the crop not a super-yield producer, it actually produces less than conventional yields, even under optimal conditions.
Automotive construction: Soybeans are on the ingredient list for tractors. Are cars next?
By Harald Franzen
Posted 01.18.2002 at 8:39 pm 0 Comments
If you think soy is good for nothing but tofu burgers, think again. The Princeton, Illinois-based Urethane Soy Systems Company (USSC) is determined to use soy in everything from cars to carpets, all through the magic of polyurethane.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.