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Posted On: Thursday, 8/28/2014 2:13 pm
A: It is difficult to predict the answer to this question. Originally, it looked like only major crops (e.g., corn, soy, cotton ...) would have GE traits, because the process of research, development and regulation was so expensive that the investment could not be justified for most crops. That cost barrier has been coming down because of newer and better tools — most of which were developed for the extensive medical and industrial applications of genetic engineering. There are now examples... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/05/2014 4:35 pm
A: Bt is a protein present in a commonly occurring soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis. For it to be active against any other living organism, it needs two things. First, the target organism should have a complementary protein (usually called a receptor) that can bind Bt, and second, it should have a pH that is alkaline.   The human gut and skin lack receptors that can recognize and interact with Bt. Moreover, the human gut is acidic, thanks to all the hydrochloric acid that our... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 9/02/2014 10:48 am
A: I very much agree with you that GMO foods have been proven safe for human consumption for the past several decades.  Here are a few additional points that I’d like to point out to answer your question.    First, humans have been modifying our foods for more than ten thousands of years. The domestication of agricultural crops was a process of selecting certain genetic compositions that were more beneficial for human consumption. Traditional breeding continues this process... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 11/26/2014 3:01 pm
A: Modern GMOs are developed by teams of experts in different fields, as few individuals have the broad range of skills needed to develop commercialized GMOs alone. Also, different kinds of GMOs are developed for different purposes by teams with differing expertise. For example, a GMO to produce a pharmaceutical product like insulin would not require the same expertise as a GM corn crop with enhanced drought tolerance.   However, the experts typically have college level training in... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 11/27/2013 1:42 pm
A: My husband and I grow sugarbeets in the Red River Valley region of North Dakota and I am happy to address your question.    First, there is no seed to save on a commercial sugarbeet farm. The reason is because sugarbeet plants do not produce seed in their first year of production. We harvest the root the first year to make sugar. If the beet could survive through the winter it would send up a seed stalk the following year. However, except for California, sugarbeet growing areas... Continue Reading

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