QWhy arent GMO foods labeled in the United states? We have the right to know what we are eating!
Question submitted By: Jo AnnWhy arent GMO foods labeled in the United states? We have the right to know what we are eating!
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I have a bag of apples upc code is 8 83391 00381 8 is this a gmo productThe label says it is certified organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. I just read in your article that the number 8 signifies GMO and the number 9 (which is not...
Posted on May 6, 2018
Response from: Leah McGrath, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist • on May 18, 2018
The UPC (Universal Product Code) is a barcode (which has numbers beneath it) which identifies the product and the manufacturer. I think you may be thinking of the PLU (Price Look Up) code which is the 4 or 5 digit number on produce used to link a price with an item. The PLU code is a voluntary program that assigns numbers to produce items, this helps cashiers identify the correct price for a produce item. Growers/Packers can use the number "9" prefix to this 4-digit numeric code to... Read More
If an unmodified, wild Agrobacterium Rhizogenes is used to produce hairy root, is it catheterized as GMO? where i can find regulations for this?
Posted on January 31, 2018
Response from: Dr. L. Curtis Hannah, Professor, University of Florida • on May 18, 2018
Thank you for your question. There are various aspects of your question. I assume your question refers to the use of Agrobacterium rhizogenes by scientists to intentionally transfer genes from the bacterium to plants. Infection and DNA transfer from this bacterium occurs in nature all the time to cause disease. Such transformed plants are not classified as GMOs since transfer occurred naturally. If this is done by scientists then it would be classified as a GMO. Rules and... Read More
Posted on March 1, 2018
Response from: Dr. Larry Gilbertson, Ph.D, Genomics Strategy Lead, Monsanto Company • on May 11, 2018
I’m a Monsanto scientist who has more than 20 years of experience with genetic modification of plants. I will try to answer your question, even though I don’t ever do experiments on animals, certainly not on humans, of course! Can humans be genetically modified…but a much bigger question is should humans be genetically modified? There are two ways to think about genetic modification of humans (or any animal). One way is modification of somatic cells, and the other is the... Read More