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Q: General Mills said they will now have some Cheerios without GMOs. The company said there is no concern about safety with GMOs and the media reports I read say that oats are not genetically modified anyway. So why is General Mills doing this?
Posted On: Tuesday, 1/07/2014 10:04 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 4:41 pm
A: Several experts responded to the announcement from General Mills that Cheerios will no longer include GM ingredients. You might be interested in an excerpt from a response from Cathleen Enright, executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information: “We believe food companies have the right to select the ingredients that are best for their markets, just as farmers have the right to choose the seeds that are right for their businesses. We appreciated General Mills’... Continue Reading
Q: Why did General Mills say only Cheerios original could have GMOs removed and that it would be impossible to remove GMO from their other food products? Is it true that oats are not genetically modified and is that how Cheerios can have a nonGMO...
Posted On: Tuesday, 1/07/2014 10:03 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 4:38 pm
A: The recent General Mills announcement sparked a lively conversation on GMO Answers. In fact, several experts responded to the announcement that Cheerios will no longer include GM ingredients. To answer your first question about removing GM ingredients, please see an excerpt from a response from Cathleen Enright, executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information: “We believe food companies have the right to select the ingredients that are best for their markets, just as... Continue Reading
Q: Given that one cannot grow an organic corn crop near GMO corn due to cross pollination, how are Indiana farmers supposed to legally produce an organic corn crop?Are your companies (DOW, Monsanto, ADM) open to reserving areas of the state as GMO free...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:15 pm
Answered By: Scott Mundell, Senior Compliance Manager, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 1/31/2014 4:25 pm
A: It is possible for organic corn production and GM corn production to coexist in the same area. In fact, there are many farmers who raise both organic and GM corn crops. It is one of the great things about U.S. agriculture – there are markets and opportunities for all types of production practices, and farmers have a history of working together to manage crops appropriately. There are a number of well-researched and documented basic good management practices that help limit pollen flow... Continue Reading
Q: I am unconvinced that GMO crops can be contained when it comes to cross-pollination of surrounding crops. Given the number of lawsuits that have been won by the big corporations for GMO seed traits in non-GMO seed, isn't GMO pollen being...
Posted On: Friday, 8/30/2013 4:40 pm
Answered By: Scott Mundell, Senior Compliance Manager, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 1/31/2014 4:16 pm
A: Seed companies, university researchers and others have been studying corn pollen for years. In fact, understanding pollen movement is critical at Pioneer to develop new corn hybrids, maintain the purity of parent seed and research plots, and produce seed crops each year. We know that similar maturities of corn, planted during a similar timeframe, in fields that are located close to one-another would have the potential for a low level of cross-pollination. But we also know that with best... Continue Reading
Q: Are all the seeds you alter genetically patented by you and require man-made chemicals and licences to grow? If so, how sustainable is our future if a corporation OWNS the seeds of life inherited to us on this planet? If GMOs are natural then how is...
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 7:16 pm
Answered By: Jillian Etress, Agriculture Teacher and Blogger on Friday, 1/31/2014 3:38 pm
A: Great question. First of all, from a farm perspective not all of our seeds are genetically modified. We choose to use or not use GMOs based on the needs of our farm. When we do buy GM seeds, we are required to sign a technology contract where we agree not to save seed from year to year. This protects the research that whatever seed company we purchase from that year has put into the seeds. That being said, the seed is still viable. Technically, it could be replanted and grown the next year;... Continue Reading