Genetically modified organism


Often times, art serves the purpose of being something nice to look at - a painting or picture to add some beauty in the world. Other times, it's designed to make you think about issues facing society. A show currently on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery in Springfield has plenty of pretty artworks - including images of plants and flowers. But it's meant to get the audience thinking about genetic engineering.

Monsanto Settles Some GMO Wheat Cases

Sep 10, 2014

Monsanto has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit over genetically modified wheat.   But plaintiffs in the Midwest and other parts of the country are still in negotiations.

The trouble started at an Oregon farm in 20-13, when some wheat plants would not die, even when they were sprayed with Roundup herbicide.

Farmers, their lobbyists and legislators met in the Capitol Thursday to talk about legislation that would affect one of Illinois’ biggest industries – agriculture.

One proposal “big ag” is fighting would change the way food is labeled in Illinois.

State Senator Dave Koehler says consumers ought to know whether processed food they buy contains genetically engineered ingredients. 


Last year, we counted between 20 and 30 state legislatures considering bills that mandate labeling on genetically engineered foods or foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Still a hot-topic, many labeling laws are working their way through statehouses all over the nation – even in farm country.

Lawmaker Calls For Labels On GMO Food

Oct 7, 2013

A state senator from Peoria is calling for the labeling of any food available for retail sale in Illinois that's been produced with genetically engineered organisms.  
Democratic Sen. David Koehler says consumers have a right to know if the food they're putting into their bodies was made with so-called GMOs. He is proposing legislation requiring the labels and held three hearings on the issue around the state this year.  

Grocery aisles offer something for everyone these days: low-sodium soup for adults with high blood pressure, gluten-free pasta for children with wheat allergies and "Certified Humane Raised and Handled" meats for animal lovers of all ages. 

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

My grandmother could kill half a dozen chickens in a matter of minutes. 

Bessie Revelle Dragoo had the strong arms of an Illinois farm woman, the ample waist of a good cook and the unsentimental manner that comes from being an old hand at getting the main course to the table. 

She could grab a hen by the head with one hand, swing the bird aloft in a wide arc, slam it onto a stump and bring an ax down with the other hand.