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Posted by: Pjcaldera
A: Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a soil-living bacterium that was first described by USDA scientists in 1907 as the main cause of crown gall disease in plants. However, it was not until 1977 that Mary-Dell Chilton, a World Food Prize winning scientist, determined that the way this soil-living bacteria worked was by transferring a piece of its DNA to a plant cell where it was incorporated into the plant genome. They were further able to delete the specific piece of DNA that caused crown gall... Continue Reading
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Posted by: Manish
A: Your question about the average price of GM seeds is similar to asking car manufacturers about the cost of high performance tires on their cars. In both of these cases the answer is “it depends on the specific situation.” If the reason for your question is to understand how the incremental price premium for including GM traits in seeds affects the price you pay for food, then please continue reading for some helpful information.   The cost of food is often influenced by a... Continue Reading
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Posted by: Pjcaldera
A: Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a soil-living bacterium that was first described by USDA scientists in 1907 as the main cause of crown gall disease in plants. However, it was not until 1977 that Mary-Dell Chilton, a World Food Prize winning scientist, determined that the way this soil-living bacteria worked was by transferring a piece of its DNA to a plant cell where it was incorporated into the plant genome. They were further able to delete the specific piece of DNA that caused crown gall... Continue Reading
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Posted by: bluey
A: There are an estimated 2.1 million farmers in the USA and a further 293,925 in Canada. Estimates place the adoption of GM varieties of canola, corn, cotton and soybeans in the 90 percent range, in both countries. Given that many farmers in the USA grow either corn or soybeans, or both, 90 percent is a number that commonly used by the ag industry to refer to the percentage of American farmers using GM crops. In Canada, 97 percent of canola is GM, while 100 percent of corn is GM and about 80... Continue Reading
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Posted by: LockedName
A: Widely circulated claims that glyphosate is the cause of a host of adverse effects are not supported by reliable science and in many cases are directly refuted by the large body of knowledge about this herbicide. In fact, for more than four decades, glyphosate has undergone extensive testing and assessment to evaluate its safety for a wide range of herbicidal uses. Companies that sell glyphosate have produced six complete data sets according to internationally accepted standards to support... Continue Reading