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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 6:26 pm
A: I previously responded to a very similar question on whether it is safe to drink Roundup. As with most household and consumer products, Roundup should be handled appropriately, following the product’s labeled directions. You can read the related response here, and an excerpt is below.“Most of us have picked up a bottle of Roundup from a home center and used it to kill weeds in our driveways and gardens. Roundup-brand herbicides have a long history of safe use at home and in agricultural... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 3/26/2014 2:37 pm
A: Thank you for coming to GMO Answers! A couple of experts have commented on this topic, and we would like to share their responses with you. Mary Mertz, a Kansas farmer, answered a similar question, and here is an excerpt from her response: “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... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 4/08/2014 12:33 pm
A: The simple answer to this question is no. Actually, GMOs have contributed to reducing the real cost of food. The main reason why biotech (GM) crops have contributed to reducing the cost of food stems from the nature of the technology adopted. The technology adopted to date has largely been productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing technology. This means additional global production has arisen from use of the technology, equal to an extra 122 million tonnes of soybeans, 237 million tonnes... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 3/13/2014 1:53 pm
A: It is important to note that only eight crops are currently available as GM varieties in the United States: alfalfa, canola, cotton, corn, papaya, soybean, some squash and sugar beets. Also, you referenced GM wheat, but there is no GM wheat in production in the United States.  Here is a table outlining what year these crops became available commercially: SquashUpjohn (now Seminis)1995CottonMonsanto1996SoybeanMonsanto1995CornCiba Seeds1996PapayaCornell University/University of... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 3/25/2014 5:21 pm
A: No commercially available crops contain allergens that have been created by genetically engineering a seed/plant. And the rigorous testing process ensures that will never happen. There are thousands of proteins in the diet, and only a small fraction of them cause allergies. With respect to GMOs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has specifically focused on allergy issues and requires companies to analyze the proteins they are using in the biotech process to determine if... Continue Reading