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Pew Study on Attitudes towards GMOs & Organics Gains Media Attention

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A number of mainstream media outlets reported over the weekend on the Pew Research Center report released last week examining the differing views on organic foods and GMOs. NPR:  A lot of Americans don’t care what scientists think about GMOs. For instance, 39 percent of the survey participants believe that GM foods are worse for your health than non-GM food. However, there’s essentially no scientific evidence to support that belief – a conclusion confirmed most Read More >

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Can GMOs Save the Wild American Chestnut Tree?

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As we conclude the Thanksgiving holiday and head into the season of Christmas, it’s important to remind folks of the American chestnut tree blight. In the early 1900s, the eastern United States chestnut tree population was hit with a pathogenic fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica. This fungus is the main cause of chestnut blight, a disease that wiped out 3 to 4 billion trees in just a couple of decades and nearly devastated the entire chestnut Read More >

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Let’s Be Thankful for Honeybees!

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about some of your favorite dishes. In the spirit of giving thanks, we’d like to shine a light on what makes many of our favorite holiday meals possible: honey bees. You probably know that honey bees play an important role in agriculture, but did you know just how many of our Thanksgiving favorites depend on honey bee pollination? Without honey bee pollination, we wouldn’t Read More >

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With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s important to remember that not everyone will be able to enjoy a big turkey meal. In fact, about 1 in 6 people in America face hunger. In 2015 alone, Feeding America reported that 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. Through genetic engineering, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are finding ways to tackle the hunger epidemic. Read More >

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What We’re Reading at GMO Answers

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Each month, GMO Answers compiles a few of our favorite news stories into one post on the GMO Answers website.  This post covers a wide variety of topics related to agriculture and biotechnology. This month’s installment is Halloween-themed, and starts off by correcting some of the most common myths about GMOs, and then addresses some specific issues about the sugar found in your candy.  The post then finishes up discussing the issue of “Frankenfoods,” along Read More >

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