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Posted by: JamieR
A: When it comes to keeping our operation sustainable GE crops can play an important role. Herbicide resistance traits aren't a requirement for no-till farming, but we find the ability to select from a wider range of herbicides in a given crop allows for more flexibility in our weed management program as we transition our farm into more no-till acres. It's nice to have options like this at hand when tillage is no longer a method used for weed control. Two of the best... Continue Reading
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Posted by: J D Moniz
A: Will Rogers is credited with the quote: "The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer."  Optimistically, each winter we review our harvest data comparing our crop yield by variety to our cost of production for that crop that season, in consideration of the type of growing season we had, in order to decide what seeds to purchase for the coming season.   Since 1998, we have been growing both GM and non-GM corn and soybeans. (We don’t actually... Continue Reading
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Posted by: JamieR
A: It is difficult to predict the answer to this question. Originally, it looked like only major crops (e.g., corn, soy, cotton ...) would have GE traits, because the process of research, development and regulation was so expensive that the investment could not be justified for most crops. That cost barrier has been coming down because of newer and better tools — most of which were developed for the extensive medical and industrial applications of genetic engineering. There are now examples... Continue Reading
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Posted by: JamieR
A: I very much agree with you that GMO foods have been proven safe for human consumption for the past several decades.  Here are a few additional points that I’d like to point out to answer your question.    First, humans have been modifying our foods for more than ten thousands of years. The domestication of agricultural crops was a process of selecting certain genetic compositions that were more beneficial for human consumption. Traditional breeding continues this process... Continue Reading
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Posted by: J D Moniz
A: While the cost of food is impacted by various factors (the price of oil affects transportation costs; temperature changes can cause drought; etc.), GMOs play an important role in keeping those prices as low as possible. It’s estimated that corn-based products would be priced 6 percent higher and soybean-based products would be 10 percent higher if GM crops were not grown, according to a 2010 study by Graham Brookes et al.Graham Brookes, an agricultural economist with PG Economics Ltd... Continue Reading