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The GMO Answers Community Manager is the website moderator who helps answer your questions by linking to resources on GMO Answers and other online content which addresses GMOs and biotechnology. The Community Manager also ensures the dialogue among the community members remains constructive and respective of all viewpoints. If you have questions about how the community is managed, please visit our house rules, http://gmoanswers.com/house-rules.

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Posted On: Wednesday, 11/30/2016 3:29 pm
A: Many people believe GMOs cause negative effects and are unsafe. However, GMOs are safe and every leading health organization in the world stands behind the safety of GMOs. Extensive and continuous studies on GMOs are being conducted to ensure their ongoing safety for consumption.   Click here to find thousands of studies on the safety of GMOs. Click here to find hundreds of independent studies.   To many, GMOs are considered an important tool in addressing complex issues around... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 11/29/2016 6:37 am
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
Posted On: Sunday, 11/27/2016 12:21 am
A: As of 2015, GMOs are grown, imported and/or used in more than 70 countries. Each of these countries has its own rigorous certification process.   This map explores the specific places that GMOs are grown, imported or used in field trials.   Bringing a new GMO to market involves extensive safety and environmental review by regulatory bodies around the world. More than 70 governments globally review and regulate GMOs. In the United States, agencies including U.S. Department of... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 11/21/2016 3:39 pm
A: Companies in the past have labeled their water and water products as such, which is misleading to consumers.   Below is one example of a water product that has been labeled as non-GMO.     The Wall Street Journal published an article titled: Non GMO salt? Water? Food companies exploit GMO free labels, misleading customers, promoting misinformation which speaks on this topic as well,   “Numerous products–remarkably even including water–are being... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 11/17/2016 2:01 pm
A: Farmers have grown commercial GM crops for about 20 years, but genetic modification in crops is much older. Farmers have been intentionally changing the genetic makeup of all domesticated crops for about 10,000 years. Every fruit, vegetable and grain that is commercially available today has been altered by human hands, including organic and heirloom seeds.     Then, in the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled us to expand the genetic diversity of crops through... Continue Reading

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ARTICLE: Citrus Growers Optimistic About Genetically Engineered Trees

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:49

Despite a decade of bad harvests, a Florida lawmaker says the state’s signature industry is recovering. Growers are optimistic new genetically engineered trees will survive the deadly citrus greening disease.
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  • Impact on Environment
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ARTICLE: Answering the 3 Most Common Internet Objections to GMOs

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 09:51

Any discussion of GMOs on the internet brings a swarm of commenters. No matter the topic, an inevitable pattern of comment is “Yes, but what the author ignores is (insert common anti-GMO myth)”. Here are three of the most common tropes that litter those discussions.
  • Impact on Farms
  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
  • Science and GMO Basics
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STUDY: The Cost of a GMO-Free Market Basket of Food in the United States

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:27

A new study examine the consumer cost consequences of choosing GMO-free food over food that contains GMOs. Using text-mining algorithms applied to detailed product descriptions contained in a proprietary database of individual GMO and GMO-free foods at the retail level, it finds that, when directly compared item by item, GMO-free food costs an average of 33% more than a comparable food item that is not GMO-free. When compared on a per-ounce basis, GMO-free foods cost an average of 73% more. Generalizing to the cost of a typical market basket of food consumed by American households, GMO-free food consumption would increase the average family food budget from $9,462 to $12,181 per year.
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  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
  • Labeling
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ARTICLE: 17 Myths About Agriculture in 2017

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 16:08

So what are the common myths about agriculture in 2017? The Peterson Brothers, viral video stars from Peterson Farms, explain.
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  • Impact on Farms
  • Seed Choice
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May the Force of Biotechnology Be With You: What We’re Reading, February 2016

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:54

Last month, we read a lot of stories about GMO technology, including how it can help the American Chestnut tree, and how a GMO apple will soon be available in some select supermarkets.
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  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
  • Future of GMO
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VIDEO: Are GMOs Dangerous?

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 15:09

Scientists tell us genetically modified foods are safe, but how can we know whether or not to trust that? This new video explains how:
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  • Science and GMO Basics
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ARTICLE: Clearing the Air on GMO Myths

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 14:17

What are facts about GMOs? How can farmers and consumers separate the facts from the myths of genetically modified organisms? A recent panel discussion answers these questions.
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VIDEO: Hawaii GMO Papaya: Real Solutions, Real Lives

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 13:47

As the anti-GMO movement divides rural communities in Hawaii, farmers growing papayas genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus have been caught in the middle. This documentary chronicles the spread of the devastating ringspot virus, the development of the first transgenic papaya, and the rise of an anti-GMO movement based on misinformation and fear. Hawaii agricultural leaders call for dialogue, discussion and accurate information about biotechnology to help bridge the divide and ensure the success of farmers in the Islands and other elsewhere.
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ARTICLE: Is It Possible to Make a Less Allergenic Peanut?

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 13:36

Researchers are working on a peanut that is non-allergenic, or at least less allergenic. Find out how!
  • Impact on Society
  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
  • Future of GMO
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ARTICLE: Farm Babe: The Truth About GMOs and Herbicides

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:58

On a farm, weed control using glyphosate is done on a large scale, but the minimal amount actually used may shock you.
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  • Impact on Farms
  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
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