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Your Questions About Genetic Engineering
Posted by: Alvarro0
A: The short answer is there is no difference. We’ve been raising seed corn for Wyffels Hybrids, a regional family-owned company, for more than 20 years. Seed corn is the seed that farmers, including us, will purchase to plant the following year. During the past few growing seasons we have grown conventional, gmo and non-gmo seed for them. Regardless of the type, growing seed is a complex process. First, we work with our neighbors to learn what they will be planting in their fields... Continue Reading
Answered By: Katie Pratt, Farmer, Illinois on Wednesday, 4/13/2016 1:37 pm
Q: What sort of market share do GE crops have compared to organic crops? Does it project positive, neutral, or negative growth and by how much?
Posted by: J_Harry
A: GE crops are grown on nearly ½ of all U.S. cropland (182 million acres in 2012), while USDA-certified organic crops are grown on a much smaller acreage (5.4 million acres in 2011). However, there is little overlap in which crops are grown with GE varieties versus certified organic production systems. The most widespread adoption of GE crops is in major crops such as corn, soybean, cotton, canola and sugarbeet, for which over 90 percent of acreage is planted with GE varieties.... Continue Reading
Answered By: Janet Carpenter, Owner, J E Carpenter Consulting LLC M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics on Wednesday, 4/13/2016 12:45 pm
Posted by: spartannick
A: The genetic engineering techniques used by biotech companies to develop improved seeds are just an extension of natural plant breeding and evolution that has been taking place for hundreds – even thousands – of years. The fact is nearly everything we eat today – including organic and heirloom varieties – has been genetically altered by human intervention. The corn and bananas we eat today bear little resemblance to their wild ancestors, and... Continue Reading
Answered By: Karen Batra, Director of Food & Agriculture Communications on Wednesday, 4/13/2016 12:41 pm
Q: Do you believe that microwave ovens are good to be used to heat GMO foods? Does it affect the nutritional value of the GMO foods? I do note that GMO corn produces GMO corn syrup.
Posted by: english.d
A: To answer your question, let’s start with the explanation of GMO food and then address the issue of using heat from a microwave oven. GMO, which stands for genetically modified organism, is a technically incorrect term. Unfortunately this term has become the most recognized one used to describe crops that have been modified genetically to resist pests or withstand applications of herbicides. Plant breeders have been using selective breeding methods to develop plants that are... Continue Reading
Answered By: Lisa D. Katic, R.D., Principal, K Consulting on Tuesday, 4/12/2016 3:51 pm
Posted by: debata
A: There are many reasons and positive impacts stemming from the creation of GMOs. One being to develop crops with pest resistant traits, and/or crops that are resistant to low cost, environmentally safer herbicides. These crop varieties mean fewer and/or less troublesome chemicals are needed to control various crop pests. GMOs have also been developed to improve nutritional content. For example “golden rice” (not yet on the market) contains higher vitamin A content to reduce... Continue Reading
Answered By: Steven Calhoun, Head of Regional Breeding Management, Bayer on Tuesday, 4/12/2016 3:49 pm