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Posted On: Sunday, 4/27/2014 1:14 pm
A: This might surprise you, but only eight crops from GM seeds are commercially available in the United States. These crops are corn (field and sweet), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash.  As a result, most of the products in the produce aisle of your grocery store are not GM, but 70 to 80 percent of the food on grocery store shelves likely contain processed ingredients from GM plants. Alan McHughen, biotechnology specialist and geneticist, explains, “... Continue Reading
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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: Thursday, 7/31/2014 12:00 pm
A: There is no connection between genetically modified (GM) crops and neonicotinoids. Both can be used separately or together by homeowners and growers. Homeowners, especially in urban areas, use neonicotinoids to protect ornamentals and citrus trees from the Asian citrus psyllid and citrus greening and to protect their trees from the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle and the hemlock woolly adelgid, and growers use both neonicotinoids and GM crops to manage damaging insect... 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: Friday, 1/03/2014 9:28 am
A: Glyphosate herbicide enables farmers to use no-till practices, which have been shown to benefit soil health and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Much of the benefit to soil health is mediated by microbial communities. Many studies have investigated the effect of glyphosate and Roundup Ready (RR) crops on these microbial communities, including rhizobia and fungi. First, I’ll address the findings on rhizobia, which are important members of the microbial soil... Continue Reading