Ask Us Anything About GMOs!
Browse all Questions & Answers
Q: Are genetic manipulation (GM) techniques too crude and inexact to enable the cutting and pasting of complex multi-genic traits such as nitrogen fixation in grains, drought tolerance and salt tolerance into crop plants? As Dr Richard Richards of...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 5:51 am
Answered By: David Oppenheimer, Associate Professor, University of Florida on Friday, 4/11/2014 6:21 pm
A: Generally speaking, complex traits are more difficult to manipulate than simple traits like herbicide resistance. However, it has been repeatedly shown that by manipulating the expression of regulatory genes or signaling proteins, one can control entire developmental or metabolic pathways that control complex traits. Dr. James is somewhat correct that drought tolerance is more complex than herbicide resistance, but researchers have been successfully engineering plants for drought... Continue Reading
Q: Has there ever been a study analyzing GMOs and electrons and free radicals? In other words, does the process of genetic manipulation influence or affect electrons, or create free radicals in any way?
Posted On: Saturday, 1/25/2014 11:29 am
Answered By: Stephen Moose, Professor of Plant Functional Genomics, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois on Tuesday, 4/01/2014 6:17 pm
A: I am not aware of a study that has specifically analyzed GMOs and electrons or free radicals, probably because there is no good reason to investigate this. Electron emission (e.g., ionization such as that caused by radioactive isotopes) or free radicals are typically damaging to all cells and thus life. This is why low doses of radiation are effective in sterilizing food products. Because GMOs are living and typically function just as effectively as their non-GM counterparts, they are not... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 2/23/2014 3:09 pm
Answered By: Cecilia Chi-Ham , Director Science & Technology, PIPRA on Thursday, 3/27/2014 8:00 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
Q: Are GMOs are causing an increase in allergies? -- Submitted as Part of GMO Answers' Top Consumer Questions Survey --
Posted On: Tuesday, 3/25/2014 5:21 pm
Answered By: Lisa D. Katic, R.D., Principal, K Consulting on Wednesday, 3/26/2014 1:18 am
A: No commercially available crops contain allergens that have been created by genetically engineering a seed/plant. And the rigorous testing process ensures that will never happen. There are thousands of proteins in the diet, and only a small fraction of them cause allergies. With respect to GMOs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has specifically focused on allergy issues and requires companies to analyze the proteins they are using in the biotech process to determine if... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 3/08/2014 6:29 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Tuesday, 3/18/2014 6:43 pm
A: Thanks for your question! There are several uses for GMOs, and we would like to share a few of those with you. You might be interested in this video about the rainbow papaya and how GMO technology helped save the Hawaiian papaya industry. Also, the graphic below details what GM traits are used in crops in the United States, including herbicide tolerance, disease resistance and insect resistance.