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Posted On: Friday, 9/06/2013 11:19 am
A: Pesticide use with GM crops is a common topic on GMO Answers. We do have statistics about the overall reduction of pesticide applications, and we’d like to share a few related posts with you. Jim Gaffney, strategy lead for biotech affairs and regulatory at DuPont Pioneer, talks about pesticide reductions reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in this response.  Also, in another post, Graham Brookes, an agricultural economist with PG... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 5:58 pm
A: Only eight crops are available as GM varieties: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and summer squash. Some of the crops, like canola and soybeans, are used to make cooking oils. Some refined sugar is derived from sugar beets. Few produce crops (fruits and vegetables) are available as GM varieties (somesweet corn, papaya and summer squash).If you’re specifically shopping for non-GMO products, plenty of options are available. This excerpt of a response... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/08/2014 7:16 pm
A: Each GM crop is modified for a particular use—for a specific trait or combination of traits. These traits provide different types of benefits. One type of benefit is enhanced nutrition. For example, GM pineapple with lycopene (not currently available in the U.S.) may help prevent lung and prostate cancer. Another benefit is a decrease in production inputs, such as irrigation. GM drought-tolerant corn (fully approved in the U.S. and currently beginning limited... Continue Reading
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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