QGMOs are bad. Why do you want people to think they are safe? Why does the government keep this from the people? What are you trying to gain?

GMOs are bad. Why do you want people to think they are safe? Why does the government keep this from the people? What are you trying to gain?

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I'm a scientist and educator, so it is really important for me that our public understands science and technology. It is hard to see a good technology that has been used with an amazing safety and efficacy record get trashed.
 
So that's why I dip my toe into the discussion. We don't "think they are safe"; when we look at the data, there is no evidence to the contrary after 17 years on the market.
 
I can't speak for others, but I see this technology as a great way to solve problems for people. We can design crops to grow in floods, drought and heat. We can make plants with higher nutrition. We can make plants that last longer. These are huge gains for the farmer, the environment and the needy.
 
What I am trying to gain is your support to move these technologies forward, and fast. We all agree that we need solutions. Biotech crops are part of that solution.

Posted on March 2, 2017
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Posted on August 15, 2017
No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet. Agricultural biotechnology... Read More
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Posted on August 15, 2017
GMO crops are not "banned" in any countries around the world in the normal sense of that word. Usually when something is banned for consumption, etc., it is because some problem emerged that needed a response. The history of regulation for biotech crops is quite different in that there were regulatory approval processes developed long before any such crops were commercialized. The goal was to try to anticipate any potential health or environmental issues and to make... Read More
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