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Posted On: Tuesday, 3/25/2014 5:21 pm
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
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/08/2014 6:29 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.  Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 3/05/2014 9:12 am
A: This is a great question. Cathleen Enright, executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, answered a similar question. Here is an excerpt:“There are a number of reasons consumers may prefer to purchase non-GMO. Many of those reasons have been expressed on this website, but concern about food safety or health shouldn’t be one of them. This is why we support voluntary marketing labels for those companies who want to distinguish their non-GM food from their GM food, and so... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 3/02/2014 12:21 pm
A: Health and safety concerns are a common topic on GMO Answers and have been discussed several times. We would like to share a couple of responses about safety and long-term studies with you. You might be interested in a response from Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, associate director for the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, in which she addresses the question “How can you be sure that GMO foods won’t affect human health long-term?” While an excerpt is below, her full response is ... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 3/18/2014 12:44 pm
A: The short answer is no, there is absolutely zero reputable evidence that GMO foods cause cancer.  Cancer is a name applied to a spectrum of diseases where cells proliferate abnormally. There is no way that the subtle and well-understood alterations of a plant’s genes can cause cancer. There is nothing about the Bt protein (used in insect resistance, also in organic pest control), the EPSPS enzyme (which confers herbicide resistance simply by substituting for the native enzyme in the... Continue Reading

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