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The Environmental Benefits of GMOs
In the past 20+ years, the positive effect on the environment from GMO crops and the traits they express has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Pesticide residues in cereal – what it actually means for your next breakfast
You might have heard the rumours – for example, that there are pesticides in Cheerios – but is your breakfast cereal really dangerous for your health? And does it contain risky levels of glyphosate? Read on to find out about glyphosate in cereal and what this means for you. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), publishers of the repeatedly debunked dirty dozen list and promoters of the myth that vaccines cause autism, have released data claiming that many popular oat-based breakfast items – including Cheerios and Quaker Oats – squares tested for glyphosate at “levels well in excess of EWG’...
Six Tips to Evaluating that Exciting Science Article You Just Read
This post was originally published on GMO Answers' Medium page. By Nathaniel Graham Nathaniel (Nat) Graham is a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul. His research focuses on utilizing genomic engineering techniques to examine biological questions in crop species. During his graduate studies, he founded a local program called “Science on Tap,” designed to give graduate students the opportunity to present their research to the community. (Image Credit: Kaitlin Baker) Almost every day there is a new headline about an awesome new sc...
What is a GMO?
Do you know what a GMO is? Are you SURE? Read this 101 on genetically modified organisms and learn what you need to know about GMOs.
Why Do Farmers Use GMOs?
Farmers choose what seeds to grow based on what is best for their farms, market demand and local growing environments. Farmers also look for ways to grow crops using resources more efficiently and with less impact on the environment. More than 18 million farmers around the world, the majority in developing countries, choose to plant genetically modified seeds due to their advantages, which can include reducing the impact of agriculture on their environment, reducing costs via more targeted pesticide use and reducing yield loss or crop damage from weeds, diseases and insects, as we...
How Are GMOs Regulated?
Before they reach the market, crops from genetically modified seeds are studied extensively to make sure they are safe for people, animals, and the environment. Today’s genetically modified products are the most researched and tested agricultural products in history. In fact, genetically modified seeds take an average of $130 million and 13 years to bring to market. Bringing a new GMO to market involves comprehensive safety and environmental review by regulatory bodies around the world. In addition to the review process conducted in the United States by the U.S. Depart...
Are GMOs Safe To Eat?
Researchers found that GMOs have the same nutrition and composition as non-genetically modified crops and have no links to new allergies, cancer, celiac or other diseases. So, are GMOs safe to eat?
Are GMOs Causing a Decline in Bees?
There is no evidence that GMOs have caused the decline in bees or other pollinators. The sudden and widespread disappearances of adult honey bees from hives, termed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), became a national concern more than 10 years ago. Claims circulated that certain GMO crops harm bees. These assertions have been refuted by the mainstream scientific community. ...
Why GMOs Don't Cause Cancer
This post was originally published on Forbes on June 1, 2016. Post written by Michael Stebbins. Michael Stebbins is the manager of communications and programs for the Council for Biotechnology Information and a GMO Answers spokesperson. (Image Credit: GMO Answers) More than one million people in the United States get cancer each year and many people have questions about whether consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or the foods derived from them is associated with increased risk. To help address these important questions, we consulted Dr. Kevin ...
Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt): Human and Environmental Safety
What is Bt? Bt is short for Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a bacterium in the genus Bacillus. Members of the genus Bacillus are generally considered soil bacteria, and Bt is common in terrestrial habitats including soil, living and dead insects, insect feces, granaries, and on the surfaces of plants. Bt occurs in nature predominantly as spores that can disseminate widely throughout the environment. The diversity within B. thuringiensis is reflected in the fact that more than 60 serotypes and hundreds of different subspecies have been described. The two most widely used in ...