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Q: Hi. How does gmo affect alergens in food?

Answered by S. Liza Dunn - Aug 23, 2019

A: Thank you for your question!   Many people ask if GMOs cause allergies.  In order to address this question during the early years of GM development, the FDA decided to evaluate using transgenic methods to introduce DNA in plants because some crops (soy) are allergenic. Therefore, regulatory requirements were established for evaluating the allergenicity of GM crops (EFSA, 2006; CODEX, 2009; Hoekenga et al., 2013).  Since 1992, over 1300 separate assessments by regulatory agencies around the world have reviewed safety data on various GM crops and concluded that they are as [...]


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Answered by Community Manager - Aug 23, 2019

A: The most common types of GE crops are developed specifically for insect resistance or herbicide tolerance. By using herbicide-tolerant and pest-resistant GM crops, farmers can often use less toxic and fewer herbicides and pesticides than in other types of production systems. In fact, over the last 20 years, GMOs have reduced pesticide spraying by 8.1 percent. As a result, the environmental impact associated with pesticide use on biotech crops has decreased by more than 18 percent.   Insect resistant Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) crops have been genetically enginee [...]


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Q: What are the development and widespread use of wheat?

Answered by Community Manager - Aug 23, 2019

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.  To learn more about the development of wheat, please visit the National Association of Wheat Growers’ website. You can also find additional information on the complexity of its genome here and here.  Below is an infographic from the International Wheat Genome that illustrates wheats’ importance as a staple f [...]


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Q: What ingredients are gmo’d in a product when the product package states “partially produced by genetic engineering???...also WHY is the Hmo’d ingredients not not stated.

Answered by Community Manager - Aug 23, 2019

A: If the product states it is “produced with genetic engineering” or “partially produced with genetic engineering,” it means that it contains one or more of the 10 genetically modified crops available in the U.S. today, which include: alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets.  In December 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized the standards for mandatory “GMO” labeling by releasing the “National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard” (or NBFDS). The NBFDS establishes the rules of the road fo [...]

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