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Posted On: Monday, 1/20/2014 11:16 am
A: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland farmer and registered dietician, recently answered a question about feeling “sluggish” after eating GMOs. You might find her response interesting; an excerpt is below: “…As a farmer, a mom, a consumer of food and a Registered Dietitian who also eats intuitively, I’ve never experienced any ‘sluggish feeling’ related to consumption of genetically engineered foods. We grow both ‘GMO’ and ‘non-GMO’ crops. Our family eats what we grow, lives on our farm and has the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 3:36 pm
A: As a farmer, I have had the opportunity to hear concerns about how we raise our food.  Many times I have been asked if I am an organic farmer or where they can buy my products.  It seems the majority of consumers that have come into contact with a farmer have only done so through farmers markets.  There the consumer meets the producer, develops a relationship and trust is built in the product as well as in the producer. When I direct the conversation towards questions about... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 1/10/2014 8:49 am
A: The study referred to looked at the question of whether fragments of DNA, consumed in our food, could pass into the blood stream. The main finding was that this could happen and that fragments of DNA large enough to contain whole genes could enter the human circulation system. Previous to this study, it was thought than DNA would be completely degraded during the digestion process. We consume large amounts DNA from plants in our everyday diet. If the diet contained some GM products then some of... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 1/10/2014 8:49 am
A: For more information on this topic, please review this recent response from David Tribe, Senior Lecturer, Agriculture and Food Systems/Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-recently-looked-article-states-new-genetically-modified-wheat-can-silence-wheat-genes-and-can.
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Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 10:10 am
A: I’m not aware of the situation you reference in your first question. But I do know that cross-pollination between commercial hybrids and native varieties has occurred since the advent of commercial hybrids and is a natural process. Mexican growers have improved native varieties by selecting traits best suited to their production requirements, including traits introduced through commercial maize hybrids. However, native seed varieties also are preserved and stored both internationally and at... Continue Reading

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