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Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 12:09 am
A: Hi, thank you for your question. You might be interested to know that there are only eight GM crops currently grown in the United States: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, and squash.  We conduct composition studies for all GM crops that follow OECD guidelines. In order to provide a chart illustrating this we thought you might be interested in one of the remarkable GM success stories such as the development of GM papaya. The use of GM has been credited... 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
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Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 7:07 pm
A: Genetically engineered crops are digested by animals in the same way as conventional crops. Numerous scientific studies have examined the digestive fate of genetically engineered DNA and protein introduced intro genetically engineered feed (see the Federation of Animal Science Societies Communications website for a comprehensive listing.) Genetically engineered DNA, or the novel proteins encoded therein, have never been detected in the milk, meat or eggs derived from animals fed... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 9/01/2013 6:45 pm
A: Generally speaking, credibility, as it relates to scientific data, can be established via independent replication of study results and ultimately leads to acceptance of the data by other scientific experts. In consideration of newly generated data or the absence of study replication, credibility can be obtained by evaluating and characterizing the data against sets of criteria presented in several excellent publications (Klimisch et al., 1997; Conrad and Becker, 2011; Henry and Conrad, 2008).... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 3/21/2014 8:18 am
A: I’ll start by addressing your second comment, on how Roundup Ready crops work. Glyphosate acts in plants by inhibiting an enzyme that is required for plants to synthesize certain amino acids. All Roundup Ready crops contain a gene that codes for a version of the enzyme that is not inhibited by glyphosate, allowing the plants to synthesize the amino acids even when they have been sprayed with glyphosate. (One crop, Roundup Ready canola, also metabolizes glyphosate to its primary crop metabolite... Continue Reading

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