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Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws

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On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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This Single Mutation That Makes Corn—Corn!

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Corn has been a fundamental base crop for 10,000 years and we depend on it for fuel, food and a multitude of other products. I cannot even fathom what society would be like without it. To think that maize diverged from its ancestral teosinte due to a single genetic change base change (A, T, G, or C in its DNA), a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), just highlights how lucky we are to have a crop Read More >

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GMO Answers Highlights Academics Review Critique of Steven Druker’s Book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

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“Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public” by Steven Druker. In Academics Review, GMO Answers Independent Expert Dr. Bruce Chassy recently reviewed Steven Druker’s book titled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. Dr. Chassy notably points out the multiple fallacies within the book and debunks the misinformation Druker uses to scare people away from GMOs and Big Ag: “The problem is there Read More >

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6 Different Processes Used to Genetically Modify Crops

crop modification techniques for genetically modified crops

Generations can be defined by the advancements in science and technology. However, communicating the science around these innovations can be one of the biggest challenges. For example, popular culture has taken inspiration from innovations in genetic engineering and created movies like Jurassic World, Xmen and Divergent. The problem is that these stories don’t accurately portray the science of genetic modification and the benefits it can have on society. In attempt to educate people about genetic Read More >

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Creating Biotech Crops 101

Creating Biotech Seeds

The birth of biotechnology did not begin with the discovery of recombination, nor genes; we have actually been relying on it for thousands of years in agriculture. It all started with a question: Which crops are the best and how can we get more of them? Ancient farmers took the best crops and continued to produce them after every harvest; they did not have a scientific term to describe their actions, but they were essentially Read More >

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