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Posted On: Sunday, 4/20/2014 2:54 pm
A: Many consumers are led to believe that GMOs can cause cancer, autism, gluten issues or other illnesses. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every leading health organization in the world stands behind the safety of GMOs. Extensive and continuous studies on GMOs are being conducted to ensure their ongoing safety for consumption. Click here to find thousands of studies on the safety of GMOs. Click here to find ... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 6:53 pm
A: Without modern crop protection practices, nearly 50 percent of the harvest would be lost to insects, diseases, weeds and fungus (Oerke, 2006). The end result would be that more land would be required to feed a growing population. Producers use different strategies to provide an adequate food supply, including the use of pesticides when necessary. Producers are also very conscious of the environment and take steps to reduce the impact of their farming practices. For example, modern seed... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 9/26/2013 4:33 am
A: Thank you for your question. First, the insecticidal protein the crop produces is very specific to particular insect orders. For example, the Bt protein Cry1Ab affects only specific caterpillar (the order Lepidoptera) pests, while the Bt protein Cry3Bb1 affects only specific beetle (the order Coleoptera) pests. This specificity is one of the reasons Bt is such a popular insecticide in both GM crops and non-GM crops, including organic agriculture. Thus, the Bt proteins currently being used in... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 3/03/2014 12:24 pm
A: Thank you for each of these questions. This response from Mary Mertz, who farms GM crops, discusses your first question: “In my opinion, the biggest problem with the seeds is the amount of misinformation that is being circulated out there. GMOs have a public-image problem. The science-based reality proving GMOs to be safe and nutritious takes a backseat to the emotional propaganda meant to create skepticism in the mind of the consumer. “The National Academy of Sciences, the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 8/26/2013 10:21 am
A: Genetically modified (GM) plants and their impact on honey bees have been widely studied, and the results indicate that GM plants are not harmful to bees. A review by Malone and Pham-Delègue (2001) looked at seven studies. Their conclusion was that “Bt transgene products are very likely to be safe for honey bees and bumblebees.” One large study, by Duan et al. (2008), looked at 25 different studies and concluded that “the Bt Cry proteins used in genetically modified crops for... Continue Reading

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