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Posted On: Thursday, 4/24/2014 11:02 am
A: I am continually asked questions concerning the safety of genetically modified foods and the (perceived) lack of studies indicating their safe use in our daily lives. To hear such questions reminds me of our continued duty and commitment as scientists to better inform everyone as to what we do and why we do it. I view GM technology as an extension of plant improvement practices that have been ongoing since the dawn of agriculture, about 10,000 years ago. Such crops as corn (Zea mays) are... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 12:03 pm
A: Thanks for your question. Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist recently wrote an article for GMO Answers that discusses inserted genes. The original article is posted at here, and is included below: “Genes are like recipes, they tell the cell how to make a particular protein.  It is the presence (or absence) of the particular protein (often an enzyme) that gives the plant, animal or microbe a trait. Insulin, for example, is a protein that helps control blood... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 10/20/2013 3:43 pm
A: Thanks for your question, and good luck in your debate! Here are a few studies that might be of help to you; they were included in a response from Dr. Peter Davies, professor of plant pathology and international professor of plant biology at Cornell University: Refereed literature compendia can be found at the following sources. A list of 610 scientific articles on safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically modified crops (updated to June 2013) can be found at:... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 5/17/2014 1:23 pm
A: Thanks to GMO Answers for allowing us to respond. I assume the question is regarding the sales and labeling of GMO food products at Wegmans Food Markets. We are a family-owned chain of 84 stores based in Rochester, New York. Like supermarkets across the nation, we sell a wide variety of foods, including GMO products, non-GMO products and certified organic products. Recently, customers have asked for our point of view regarding GMOs. Our Emerging Issues Team studied the topic for over a year... 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