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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

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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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Congress, Media Focused on Biotech Food Labeling

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Media coverage of the biotech food labeling debate is at a fever pitch as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) is poised to see action on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. Among the highlights: Charles Conner, former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and current president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives wrote an op-ed in RollCall: GMOs have been around for decades, helping farmers Read More >

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