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Posted On: Tuesday, 2/24/2015 6:13 pm
A: Corn contains about 50,000 genes, and through conventional breeding, corn breeders have created combinations of these genes to produce a crop that is highly useful within agricultural systems.  The tools of genetic engineering have enabled the addition of specific genes for new specific traits that cannot easily be developed through conventional breeding, such as season-long protection from feeding by insect pests and high levels of tolerance to specific herbicides.  For example,... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 2/24/2015 6:13 pm
A: This is a good question and first, I would like to state that not all of the corn seed developed by Monsanto contains an inserted gene as some farmers prefer to plant conventional corn hybrids, and we continue to develop those seeds and make them available.  The ability to add specific beneficial genes to corn has enabled the use of additional tools to protect yield.  The type of genes that are added to genetically modified corn generally fall under three categories: herbicide... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 2/27/2015 12:47 pm
A: Thanks for your question. You have brought up a lot of ideas, so I will try to address each one individually.          Site sponsorship: Monsanto is one of six sponsors for GMOAnswers.  The other sponsors are BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta.  You can find information about the site and how it works here: About GMO Answers.  You can also read this answer: Who funds this website?          GM Food... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 3/01/2015 1:03 pm
A: Unfortunately, I was unable to discover any farmer’s market, brand or grocery store that openly promotes or advertises GMO foods. There are stores however, that positively discuss GMOs in our food supply and the current science surrounding the technology. Most of these statements were found either on their organic/natural foods page, or on a sustainability page.  Here are a few that I was able to find:   Wegmans   “What is Wegmans' position on GMOs?... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 3/05/2015 8:53 pm
A: The primary type of ‘reaction’ that would occur in response to a chemical consumed in food would be an allergic reaction. There has never been any documented allergic reaction associated with the consumption of a GMO-derived food that is currently available in the US food system. The FDA requires that any new GMO product be tested to ensure there are no potential negative effects due to the proteins expressed by the inserted DNA. Humans and animals have been consuming GMO derived... Continue Reading

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