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Posted On: Tuesday, 6/10/2014 12:26 pm
A: Thank you for this question! About half of all sugar sold in the United States comes from sugar beets. American grocery stores purchase sugar from a variety of sources and sell it under their own brand names or under a private brand name. Sugar from all sources has been tested at the molecular level, and scientific evidence has proven that there is no DNA or protein present in refined sugar. Therefore, sugar, whether from sugar beets and sugarcane or from sugar crops grown using conventional,... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/01/2014 2:12 pm
A: The UCS report that you mention draws overarching and mistaken conclusions about the current and potential global impacts of GM crops based on a limited number of studies conducted only in the United States. It is true that currently commercialized GM crops have had a relatively modest impact on yields in the United States, although the recent introduction of drought-tolerant corn has likely had a more significant impact in areas where rainfall was limited. This modest impact is not... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 2/23/2014 3:09 pm
A: Human society is supported by its ability to produce sufficient food for the total population while at the same time not using up or degrading the capacity to continue to produce that amount of food in the future. This requires us to “sustainably intensify” our agricultural methods to increase the yields on currently farmed land and minimize the expansion of agriculture onto additional wild lands and forests. Expanding agriculture increases production but has negative impacts on biodiversity,... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 2/23/2014 3:09 pm
A: Society has the responsibility of using science, rather than hype, to inform regulation, policy and scientific strategies to develop crops that can continue providing us with safe foods. In 2013, the World Food Prize was awarded to the pioneering scientists who developed modern agricultural biotechnology. Biotechnology crops have provided significant economic benefit to millions of consumers, reduced agriculturally related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduced soil erosion and substantially... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 2:47 am
A: First, there are no GMO tomatoes on the market. The famous “Flavr Savr” GM tomato of the 90’s was gone before Y2K. There, question answered! But let’s look at this a little deeper. Why do tomatoes taste, boring? New varieties of tomatoes are developed through traditional breeding. A breeder has to evaluate thousands of lines from a genetic cross to find one winner, so you can imagine the huge expense and resources used. That said, tomatoes in breeding programs are not selected... Continue Reading