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Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:54 pm
A: GMO Answers has received several questions asking why GMOs have been banned in 30 countries or 60 countries. This is simply not true. Although GMOs may be grown on a small percentage of the hectares in some European countries, they routinely import GMOs for food and feed use. A previous response to a similar question discusses this issue in detail. We also commonly hear concern that there are no longer-term feeding studies. A review of several long-term feeding studies was... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 2:48 am
A: In the European Union, GM labelling is mandatory for all food and feed products consisting of, containing, or obtained from GM plants when this is above 0.9% of that ingredient. The 0.9% threshold was determined by political co-decision and has no foundation in any scientific finding or fact. GM labelling has nothing to do with food safety. It is for commercial purposes in order to distinguish between GM, conventional and organic products when they are sold to consumers as they correspond... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:23 pm
A: For three years France was the second largest GM cultivator in the EU, before the government introduced a moratorium in 2008. Since then, the highest French Court, Conseil d’Etat, and the European Court of Justice have repeatedly declared the ban illegal. As a consequence, French farmers are denied the possibility to choose GM technology. The EU’s official food safety watchdog has consistently upheld its scientific opinions on the products affected by national bans in Europe, repeating that... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 9/11/2013 12:25 pm
A: You are correct that it requires a tremendous investment of both time and resources to bring a new biotech crop to market. A survey completed in 2011 found the cost of discovery, development and authorization of a new plant biotechnology trait introduced between 2008 and 2012 was $136 million. On average, about 26 percent of those costs ($35.1 million) were incurred as part of the regulatory testing and registration process. The same study found that the average time from initiation of a... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:04 pm
A: It’s good to see that you know GMOs are subjected to government review, because some people believe there is no regulatory oversight of these crops. I am not sure how the rumor got started that government oversight for GMOs is lax or nonexistent, because nothing could be further from the truth. These crops are subjected to more testing than any other new crop variety, and, as a result, we know more about this set of crops than any of the other crops that plant breeders have developed (and... Continue Reading

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