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Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 12:22 pm
A: Cereals—oats, barley, rye, wheat, maize, sorghum and others—are an important plant group to the global food supply. Researchers at the John Innes Centre are investigating “the possibility of engineering cereals to associate with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and of delivering this technology through the seed.” This topic is discussed also in an article published in Current Opinion in Plant Biology.Article Reference:Charpenter, M., & Oldroyd, G. (2010). How close... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 4/24/2014 10:02 am
A: Currently, eight crops from GM seeds are commercially available in the United States: corn (field and sweet), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash. It is also worth noting that no commercially available crops in the United States were created by nature alone. Humans, over our history, have altered all of our crops, often for taste or yield or disease resistance. More information about the history of crop modification is available in our Explore... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 3/25/2014 11:02 am
A: We often receive questions related to GMOs and health, such as whether GMOs cause cancer, allergies or long-term health issues, and we encourage you to take a look at these responses. GMOs are the most regulated and tested product in agricultural history. There have been thousands of studies conducted on the safety of GMOs, including hundreds of independent studies. It takes several years and millions of dollars to bring a GMO crop to market, and this report details how much time, money and... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/22/2014 10:34 pm
A: There is a lot of misinformation out there, and the article you reference, “5 Reasons to be concerned about GMOs”, makes several assertions that our independent experts have reviewed and discussed on our website.  We would like to share some relevant responses with you, including those about GMOs and alleged risks to human health, such as claims that GMOs cause cancer, an increase in allergies, celiac disease, other long-term... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/08/2014 7:16 pm
A: Each GM crop is modified for a particular use—for a specific trait or combination of traits. These traits provide different types of benefits. One type of benefit is enhanced nutrition. For example, GM pineapple with lycopene (not currently available in the U.S.) may help prevent lung and prostate cancer. Another benefit is a decrease in production inputs, such as irrigation. GM drought-tolerant corn (fully approved in the U.S. and currently beginning limited... Continue Reading