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GMO crops are not "banned" in any countries around the world in the normal sense of that word. Usually when something is banned for consumption, etc., it is because some problem emerged that needed a response. The history of regulation for biotech crops is quite different in that there were regulatory approval processes developed long before any such crops were commercialized. The goal was to try to anticipate any potential health or environmental issues and to make...

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Here is a set of slides prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that discusses the sketch approval process. As the slides indicate, there are four categories of labels that require prior sketch approval: temporary labels, religious exemption, exports with labeling deviations, and special statements and claims. In the situation raised by your question, it is the last category (special statements and claims) that would...

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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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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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Thanks for your question which raises some very significant points for discussion. Before I get into the details of the studies you mentioned, it is important to address the larger question of when and why are studies reviewed, and to clarify the impact of said studies on the ruling of the Council of State dated April 15, 2016. ...

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There are no genetically modified chickens commercially available. In fact, there are not currently any genetically modified animals commercially available for food. In late 2015, genetically engineered salmon was the first GE animal to be approved but it will not be on the market and available for purchase for a few years. Modern chickens are bigger than ever before, which raises the question – how’d we do that? A number of factors go into raising larger, healthier birds, but...

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Yes, there are some published examples of GMO products that, during development, had data collected that stopped further development. One early example was the identification of a Brazil nut protein that, when expressed in soybeans, improved their nutritional quality (increased methionine, an essential amino acid for mammals). This product was never commercialized when it was learned that this protein is associated with Brazil nut food allergic reactions (Nordlee, et al, 1996). ...

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There are no modern GM sweet potatoes approved for sale in the U.S., Spain or Sweden. ...

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