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Q: why do some experts choose not to engage in genetic modification

A: I think that you are referring to the technique of genetic engineering. Scientific disciplines are wide and varied. Just within the agricultural space alone there are all kinds of experts such as plant breeders, plant geneticists, plant biochemists and more that work to develop new plant and crop varieties. Some use conventional breeding techniques while others use genetic engineering tools. The technique used depends upon research objectives, goals, resources, timing, etc. The chart below compares and contrasts modern methods of seed improvement.     It’s important to [...]

Answered By Community Manager - May 03, 2019


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Q: Hello! I am a student at Del Sol High School here in Nevada and I would like to ask is, How much would it cost if a GMO farm were to convert to Organic farm? Thank you Sincerely John Bardoles

A: That’s a great question, and not an easy one to answer. It depends! The most obvious cost for a farm that wants to transition from GM to USDA certified organic is the certification cost. In order to market products as “organic,” farmers must be certified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent who insures that the farmers are only using allowed practices on their farm, a major limitation being a general prohibition on the use of GMO’s and synthetic pesticides. Organic certification agencies normally charge an application fee, annual renewal fee, an assessment based on production o [...]

Answered By Janet Carpenter - May 03, 2019


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Q: What are the disadvantages of GM foods?

A: Nothing is ever perfect. As Rob Wager, faculty member at Vancouver Island University explains in a previous response, “GM crops have been quite successful since they arrived on the market 20 years ago … That is not to say there are no significant issues — there most definitely are. However, when one looks at the legitimate issues with GM crops, the vast majority are not unique to GM crops and are equally applicable to other forms of agriculture.” He cites a few common issues, including high seed and regulatory costs, germ-line biodiversity, cross-pollination, fertilizer use and herbicid [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 15, 2019


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Q: What is the process of the production of GMO wheat? Flowchart?

A: There is no GMO wheat commercially available anywhere in the world. There are just 10 GMO crops commercially available in the U.S. today. Those crops are alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets.  However, posted below is a five-minute video that offers a great visual illustration of how GMOs are made.   We hope this answers your question, if you have any other questions about GMOs or biotechnology, please ask here! [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 15, 2019


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Q: What are the Pros and Cons of GMO wheat?

A: There is no GMO wheat commercially available anywhere in the world. Currently, there are just 10 GMO crops commercially available in the U.S. today. Those crops are alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets.  The efforts to genetically modify these crops focus entirely on expressing positive traits that support quality of the crop and improving resistance to certain concerns, such as insects. The infographic below identifies the genetic traits expressed, as well as the uses of the 10 GMO crops approved in the U.S. [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 15, 2019


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Q: reasearching to make artical at school was wondering do they feed dead animals to live ones for gmo?

A: No, dead animals are not fed to live animals to make GMOs. In fact, no commercial GM crops on the market today even contain “animal genes.” Posted below is a four-minute video that offers a great visual illustration of how GMOs are researched, developed and tested. We hope this answers your question, if you have any other questions about GMOs or biotechnology, please ask here!   [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 15, 2019


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Q: What steps are being taken to prevent GMO crops pollinating organic/wild plants?

A: The proper management of organic, conventional and GM seeds is an important issue. The coexistence of multiple production methods – organic, conventional and GM – is not a new concept. Farmers have been producing different types of crops next to one another well before and since GM seeds were first introduced in 1996, and they work hard every day managing their farms to ensure each crop meets the appropriate marketing requirements. Don Cameron, a farmer outside of Fresno, CA, grows conventional and GM seeds on the same farm. Don explains in a previous resp [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 15, 2019


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Q: Based on that organism what DNA is being spliced into your organism and where does it come from?

A: Scientists add (and sometimes subtract) DNA from plants all the time. Chris Barbey, Doctor of Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology explains in a previous response, “The most important strings of DNA are called genes. Two very commonly added genes are 1) insect resistance via a gene called CRY, from Bacillus thuringiensis, and 2) herbicide tolerance via a modification to a plant gene called EPSPS. These two genes make up most of the genetically engineered crops in the U.S., but there are other genes being used as well. By subtracting a plant gene called PPO, we can prevent a lo [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 15, 2019


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Q: How can we be sure that longer term effects which cannot yet be detected, like recidivism/regression (loss of beneficial traits), or unexpected nth-generation mutation (either due to de-stabilised genetics, or wider environment influences such as other pl

A: When a gene for a desirable characteristic is inserted into a plant genome only a small percentage of the transformations express the desired trait with no other discernable effects. Undesirable products can be due to unsuccessful insertion or insertion in an inappropriate location in the genome. The selected plants undergo further examination in the laboratory, greenhouse and in extensive field trials to ensure the satisfactory performance for the expression of the trait and agronomic characteristics, and for safety. Should the trait be unstable this would be detected during trials. In additi [...]

Answered By Peter J. Davies - Apr 12, 2019


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Q: How many people have fallen sick from gm foods

A: One word answer: zero.   In addition to Bruce Chassy’s response above, you might be interested in the following studies:   According to the National Academy of Sciences, there are no cause and effect relationships between genetically engineered (GE) food and human health. According to the American Medical Association, “there is no evidence that unique hazards exist either in the use of FDNA techniques or in the movement of genes between unrelated organisms. (Report 2 of the council on science and public health (A-12) labeling of bioengineered foods, 2012). [...]

Answered By Bruce M. Chassy - Mar 25, 2019


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