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The term “GMO” typically refers to crops or animals that, through genetic engineering, have had a gene (or a few genes) from a different species inserted into their genome. This is by design to improve a crop or animal with genetic engineering. In fact, me and my colleagues recently published a paper on this very topic that addresses this very topic and gives more details on the plant selection practices used for GE crops. ...

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When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing. You may have also heard of agricultural biotechnology or biotech seeds....

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While we cannot speak to that specific situation, here is some more information about GM apples and other crops that are genetically modified. ...

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An "LMO" (Living Modified Organism) is basically a GMO that is alive and capable of passing on its genes to a subsequent generation. In most situations, the terms LMO and GMO are essentially synonymous, but neither term is really used by most biotechnologists! More on that below.  ...

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To feed the world, we need to reduce food waste, while increasing the yield of food in a sustainable way on land already dedicated to agriculture—and GMOs can help! Genetically modified (GM) foods provide a nutritional and safe alternate to conventionally produced foods. However, the GM food (or GMO) may have an undesired characteristic removed from it (example: for longer shelf life, such as Artic Apples, which do no brown after slicing) OR a characteristic can be introduced to aid in...

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According to a similar question farmer Brian Scott answered, purchasing GMO seeds depends on the person who is buying them. For farmers, GM seeds are available from specific seed dealers, but unavailable for the general consumer. ...

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There are currently only nine GMO crops that are commercially available. The badia chia seed is not a GM crop. ...

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WHAT CROPS ARE GENETICALLY MODIFIED? ...

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Thank you for your question regarding the benefits of GMOs. Our experts have answered similar questions in the past – please see below for a comprehensive overview on this topic which should help address your question. ...

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Thank you for your question. Our expert, Joe Guenthner, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Idaho has answered a similar question discussing the sweet potatoes in Sweden and Spain. Read the full response here. To better understand why GMOs were initially created in agriculture and the evolution of crop modification we encourage you to read more here. If you have any additional questions, please ask!

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