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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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Q: Hello I am a student at kraxberger middle school and i am doing my science project on gmos and how they are affecting the world. I was hoping you could give me a couple of details on gmos.

A: Every day, farmers around the world use GMOs to help combat threats to food and the environment. Whether helping to protect crop yields against plant diseases, weeds, pests, or to reduce water use, GMOs are one of modern agriculture’s many innovations that allow farmers to grow more food with fewer resources.    The benefits of GMOs don’t stop at the farm. GMO crops can help to reduce food waste and combat under-nourishment around the world. In particular, GMOs play an important role in addressing food security challenges in developing nations.   For example, rice is [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Feb 25, 2019


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Q: How have GMOs changed over the years?

A: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are crops developed with a process called genetic engineering. With regard to GMOs in agriculture, following is a history of crop modification and how we arrived at the GMO crops we have today in modern agriculture. 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.   The pictures below are examples of nature’s original fruits and vegetables. [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Feb 25, 2019


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Q: What is the downside of GMOs?

A: All things in life come with some measure of risk. As Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, explains in this previous answer, “In traditional plant breeding, we mix genes just by fertilizing plants with other plants' pollen. We have no idea which genes are moving or what might be happening at the cellular level. There are several cases in history where something dangerous has come from basic plant sex, like the Lenappe potato and high-psoralen celery. Genomes are complicated, and there always is a tiny, tiny risk of unintended consequ [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Feb 25, 2019


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