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Strong GMO opponents tend to know the least about them, study says

By Community Manager - Jan 17, 2019

The following is an excerpt of an article on Food Dive that references the results of a GMO Answers survey and highlights the need to educate consumers about GMOs. Dive Brief: Those who are the most opposed to genetically modified organisms tend to know the least about them —although they believe they know more than others — according to recent research. The study was published Jan. 14 in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. Researchers from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania surveye [...]


Q: When you create a plant that is herbicide resistant, are there actually pesticides in the plant genetically ?

Answered By Denneal Jamison-McClung, Ph.D. - Jan 14, 2019

A: All plants naturally contain thousands of active biomolecules for defense against pests, herbivores and crowding by other plants (allelochemicals, which are somewhat like herbicides).  An example of a common allelochemical is juglone, a molecule exuded by the roots of walnut trees that keeps competing plants clear of the tree's root zone. In the case of agricultural plants that are herbicide resistant, whether through evolutionary means or by genetic engineering, they have changes to their metabolism that make agricultural herbicides ineffective. These plants do not produce herbicides, bu [...]


Q: What is the process followed in order to give plants seeds their desired genetic traits?

Answered By Mike Connelly - Jan 14, 2019

A: Good question! Many different processes are used when breeding to give plants their desired genetic traits. Improving plants through breeding involves the intentional manipulation of chromosomes to create desired genetic traits and their expression for specific purposes. Plant breeding often leads to plant domestication and has been practiced for thousands of years. This manipulation includes controlled pollination or genetic engineering, or even both, followed by artificial selection of progeny.   Classical plant breeding uses deliberate crossing of individuals to produce new crop [...]

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Are there GMOs in your cocktail? A dietitian responds to the GMO free alcohol trend.

By Community Manager - Jan 14, 2019

At FNCE 2018, we sat down with Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, FAND, to get a dietitian's point of view on the non-gmo alcohol trend. "Alcohol is not a healthy option. But if what you're really concerned about is, 'Is there a difference between alcohol that might be from a GM crop and one that is not,' the answer is no." Watch her video below and learn more about GMOs in alcohol here.  Download this video  ...

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