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Posted On: Thursday, 9/26/2013 4:33 am
A: Thank you for your question. First, the insecticidal protein the crop produces is very specific to particular insect orders. For example, the Bt protein Cry1Ab affects only specific caterpillar (the order Lepidoptera) pests, while the Bt protein Cry3Bb1 affects only specific beetle (the order Coleoptera) pests. This specificity is one of the reasons Bt is such a popular insecticide in both GM crops and non-GM crops, including organic agriculture. Thus, the Bt proteins currently being used in... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 4/08/2014 1:13 pm
A: If you have a question about a specific company’s product, please visit the company’s website. The only GMOs commercially available in the U.S. are the following eight crops: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), papaya, canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets and summer squash. Many beverages contain high-fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, which can be derived from GM corn and GM sugar beets, respectively.
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Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 6:19 pm
A: You can read about vandalism of GM crops in this post by Karl Haro von Mogel on Biofortified.org. GM and non-GM crops look the same. According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, “[t]o the naked eye, the white puffs of cotton growing on shrubs, the yellow flowers on canola plants and the towering tassels on cornstalks look just like those on any other plants.” If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of methods used to develop new plants, check out the video... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 1:35 pm
A: If you have a question about a specific company’s product, please visit the company’s website. On the subject of papaya, did you know that GM papayas help sustain non-GM papaya planted in Hawaii? It’s called the “GM halo effect,” discussed in detail here. If you’re interested to know how and why the GM papaya was created, take a look at this video:
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Posted On: Friday, 3/28/2014 3:17 pm
A: GM crops are thoroughly tested and evaluated before they are brought to the commercial market, and in the 17-plus years GM crops have been in the marketplace, no detrimental health or ecological effects have been observed. Bruce Chassy, professor emeritus of food safety and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses this in another post. An excerpt is below. “The first plant transformation to produce a GM plant was reported in 1982. Before a GM... Continue Reading

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