I appreciate the opportunity to clarify this misinformation. Monsanto has not threatened to sue Maine over GMO food labeling. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) first propagated this myth in Vermont during the 2012 legislative season. For more information, please read my response to a similar allegation about Connecticut: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/why-did-monsanto-threaten-state-ct-law-suit-if-we-passed-labeling-bill-last-year-have-something.
QIf the Monsanto company is treating to sue Maine for passing the GMO labeling law, can't we sue them because it against one of the amendments. The amendment is its illegal for someone in another state to sue a state they aren't citizens of.
Question submitted By: Christian GarlandIf the Monsanto company is treating to sue Maine for passing the GMO labeling law, can't we sue them because it against one of the amendments. The amendment is its illegal for someone in another state to sue a state they aren't citizens of.
Posted on April 11, 2018
Response from: Andy Newhouse , P.h.D. Student • on April 24, 2018
Interesting question - that's a good example of how the term "GMO" (genetically modified organism) is too vague to be really useful. In a sense, yes, your genes are modified compared to both of your parents. And you're definitely not genetically identical to your parents (unless you're a yeast, or a starfish, or a willow tree, or some other organism that can reproduce asexually). But in common usage, the term GMO refers to an organism containing a gene... Read More
Posted on March 9, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on April 12, 2018
Sun Pacific oranges are not a GM food, in fact all oranges are not a GM crop. Nearly all foods today have been genetically modified or altered in some way over thousands of years through selective breeding. But there are only 10 commercially available GM crops in the U.S: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya, potatoes and apples. Below is a table outlining what year the 10 crops became commercially available: ... Read More
Posted on March 8, 2018
Response from: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • on April 4, 2018
That’s a great question because so many people ‘expect’ there to be a difference and taste is purely a subjective assessment. So the answer is – it depends. Examples when the “look” would be different: Golden Rice: his rice has been engineered to be higher in Beta-carotene, using a gene from maize/corn, to help reduce the incidence of Vitamin A deficiency in developing countries whose Vitamin A content in the diet is so low, that results in blindness,... Read More