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What Does Non-GMO Mean?

sydney - May 27, 2020

What Does GMO Mean?   GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) refer to crops developed through genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is a more precise method of plant breeding. It allows plant breeders to transfer beneficial and natural traits from the DNA of one plant to another. They can also use it to make changes to a plant’s existing traits. Since the beginning of agriculture, farmers have used selective breeding to grow the best crops. When selectively breeding, farmers replant only the seeds from the best crops with the de [...]


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The Truth Behind Non-GMO Labeling

sydney - May 27, 2020

Non-GMO labels, like the Non-GMO Project Verified’s orange butterfly, seem trustworthy at first glance. Today, there’s a lot of confusion around food labels. A closer look reveals the truth behind non-GMO labeling. Find out what it actually means to pay extra for non-GMO foods.    What Does the Non-GMO Label Mean?   The non-GMO label means a food product contains fewer than 1% of genetically modified ingredients. Because of this, food labeled non-GMO is not legally considered GMO-free. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are crops that have been created to prod [...]


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Golden Rice – GMOs’ Fight Against Malnutrition and Saving a Child’s Gift of Sight

sydney - May 27, 2020

It’s common for people to think of oversized fruits and vegetables when they think of the applications of GMOs and genetic engineering (GE) in the agriculture industry. And while it’s true that GMOs can result in hardier crops with more desirable characteristics for human consumption, like enhanced nutritional content, one GMO crop has changed the lives of millions of people worldwide by helping to prevent irreversible childhood blindness via the addition of a single essential nutrient: Vitamin A.    What Is Golden Rice and How Was it Made?   Malnutriti [...]


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GMOs in Medicine and Pharmaceuticals

sydney - May 27, 2020

When most people hear the phrase “GMOs” (genetically modified organisms), they immediately think of food. Online search results support that assumption, leading many people to conjure up images of enlarged fruit, vegetables, and other dietary staples.  But GMOs go far beyond just plants and food. One area where GMOs make a big impact in the world is medicine and pharmaceuticals. In fact, GMOs were initially developed in the early 1970s, and their first application was in genetically modified pharmaceutical products in the early 1980s.  Although people commonly associate GMO [...]


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Is Organic Also Non-GMO? What is the Difference?

sydney - May 21, 2020

Is non-GMO the same as organic? Not quite.  The United States government regulates Certified Organic labels that are found on food and other products. Receiving approval for Certified Organic labels requires farmers to change the way they grow and raise food, and it excludes GMOs.  Non-GMO labeling is not regulated by the government. Instead, independent organizations set their own standards for non-GMO labels. The largest organization, Non-GMO Project Verified, focuses on GMOs, but it doesn't require food to be organic to receive this classification.    Wha [...]


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GMOs and Farmers

Brian Scott - Apr 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic still affects life around the world, people are showing more interest in the food supply and where their food comes than ever before. At GMO Answers, we are committed to answering people’s questions about food and have answered more than 2,000 questions on our website since our launch in 2013. One of the more common questions that we get is something along the lines of “Why do farmers choose to grow GMOs?” Farmers in the United States and throughout the world are continuing to work, planting seeds, taking care of their animals, and tending to their fields during [...]


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Food Security and a Global Pandemic: What You Need to Know

sydney - Mar 31, 2020

At GMO Answers, we’ve always been committed to responding to consumers' questions about GMOs and how our food is grown. Our goal is to make information about agriculture and how your food is grown easier to access and understand. And now, during this time of the coronavirus, you may be wondering what impact the COVID-19 global pandemic could have on you, your food supply, and your future. We already know that the virus is affecting workplaces, our social behavior, and our basic habits, but what’s the bigger picture about food security, food waste, food loss, sustainability, food availa [...]


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Plant Science Innovation (Including GMOs) Is Key to the Future

michelle - Feb 13, 2020

In virtually every technology and industry, innovation is seen as a positive. Eco-friendly cars, personalized medicine, virtual reality, and smart appliances are seen as not only the wave of the future but as necessary to meet the demand of consumers. But somehow, innovation in food and agriculture is seen as a negative by many. We’re here to point out that innovation in food and farming is not only a positive but could be the only solution to feed a growing global population by 2050. Here are some of our top resources on innovations in GMOs, plant biotechnology, plant science, and modern [...]


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This Valentine’s Day, GMOs and Genetic Engineering Could Help Save Your Chocolate.

michelle - Feb 06, 2020

The world's chocolate supply, in the form of the cacao plant, is under attack. Whether it is from climate change, diminishing land to grow on, or increased pressure from pests like bugs or disease, chocolate is facing an uncertain future. No one wants that, especially not the researchers who are trying to find solutions to all of these problems. Check out some resources on how researchers and companies are helping in the fight to save our chocolate!   Pro-GMO Chocolate Brand Shares How GMOs Are Saving Some of World’s Most Cherished Foods A unique brand of chocolate bars calle [...]