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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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First, the question is wrongly framed; it’s not true that there’s less “usage” of GMOs in developing countries. In a 2016 report, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) reported that “of the top five countries growing 91 percent of biotech crops, three are developing countries (Brazil, Argentina, and India).” The other two were the U.S. and Canada. Although the U.S. led biotech crop planting in 2016...

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Dollars and sense! GMO development has historically been spearheaded by private industry. Without a doubt, it’s a grueling process – costly and time consuming. The R&D pipeline broadly includes: ...

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No, in fact, as explained in this response, “the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the American Medical Association have ruled that GMOs are safe.” ...

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There are many reasons people are afraid or wary of GMOs. In 2015, The Washington Post, published an article on why people are scared of GMOs. The article explores how this mindset began, consumer sentiment around GMOs and what exactly people are scared of. ...

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Thank you for your question. This question has been previously been answered in this response. A snippet of is included below: ...

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We invite you to check out this video that explains the story of the Hawaiian Rainbow Papaya. This video thoroughly explains how the traits from specific donor organisms were implanted into the Rainbow Papaya’s DNA to make it PRSV resistant with particular techniques.

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We invite you to check out a similar question on the topic of GM food labeling that has been answered here.

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The topic of labeling can be discussed in different ways. We hope the below information on GM food labeling is helpful and answers your question. ...

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There are currently no tomatoes that are GMO on the market or commercially available. For more information about the common misinformation around GM tomatoes, please check out this previous response.  ...

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