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Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 6:48 pm
A: We all benefit from GM crops. Millions of farmers around the world know this, and so do the majority of scientists. As a scientist, father and neighbor, I often get this question from people in my community. The short answer is that GM crops help farmers grow crops more efficiently, protect biodiversity and provide all of us with a more abundant and affordable food supply. But the world is adding 200,000 persons every day, and the United Nations estimates the world population will reach 9.3... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 6:48 pm
A: Improved nutrition is one of the many exciting things we can achieve through genetic modification. For example, biotech companies such as DuPont Pioneer are close to commercializing soybeans that produce oil with a better nutrition profile than traditional soybean oil. This high-oleic oil has 0 g trans fat and less saturated fat and is higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, similar to what you would find in olive oil. In developed countries like the United States, we worry about... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 6:54 pm
A: The companies that support  GMO Answers are not directly involved in the Florida orange crisis. However, here is an article from the New York Times that explores this issue. I think you will find it interesting: Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida Groves.
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Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 2:47 am
A: First, there are no GMO tomatoes on the market. The famous “Flavr Savr” GM tomato of the 90’s was gone before Y2K. There, question answered! But let’s look at this a little deeper. Why do tomatoes taste, boring? New varieties of tomatoes are developed through traditional breeding. A breeder has to evaluate thousands of lines from a genetic cross to find one winner, so you can imagine the huge expense and resources used. That said, tomatoes in breeding programs are not selected... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 2:40 pm
A: Great question. Let me start with a few definitions. Biotech - GM seeds can use traditional breeding techniques but also use genetic engineering resulting in a seed that has a specific gene of known function from another plant or organism.    Hybrid - Hybridization is a traditional breeding technique where, commonly in plants, the pollen from one plant is used to fertilize another related or unrelated plant species.  “Hybrids” are the offspring of such a cross. In... Continue Reading