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The Environmental Benefits of GMOs
Lower carbon emissions. Healthier soil. More food on less land. Less food waste. All of this without sacrificing nutritional quality or the health and safety of people or the planet – and sometimes even enhancing it. Yes, we’re talking about GMOs. When you think about the benefits of GMOs, do you think of great big strawberries or seedless watermelons? Most people do. Surprisingly, neither of those things have anything to do with GMOs. There are currently 10 GMOs (genetically modified organisms, or transgenic organisms) on the U.S. market, and three more globally.1 Environmental sus...
Pesticide residues in cereal – what it actually means for your next breakfast
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 assuring that many popular oat-based breakfast items including Cheerios and Quaker Oats squares tested for glyphosate at “levels well in excess of EWG’s health benchmark.” Does this report mean you need to switch to "non-gmo" cereal? Let’s explore some facts about glyphosate and the food you eat. Wheat (and therefore oats) is not commercially available as a GMO crop anywhere in the world, but some farmers do use herb...
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. Departm...
Are GMOs Safe To Eat?
Yes, GMOs are safe to eat. That is the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and American Medical Association. In the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a comprehensive report where a panel of more than 20 scientists, researchers, agricultural and industry experts reviewed over 20 years of data since GMOs were introduced, including nearly 900 studies and tests and European and North...
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 almost 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, 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 commercial insecticides a...