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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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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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Purdue Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Hurt Environment

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A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study by researchers from Purdue University shows. Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural economists found that replacing GMO corn, soybeans and cotton with conventionally bred varieties worldwide would cause a 0.27 to 2.2 percent increase in food costs, depending on Read More >

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Building A Better Bean Story

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Soybeans have gone through a biotechnological revolution. Through intensive studies and research programs, scientists have pioneered new ways for the soybean to enhance our food production systems. Dr. Thomas Clemente, Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor in Biotechnology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has written a guest post at the GMO Answers Forbes.com site highlighting the many benefits of soy. One of the new applications for soybeans is in fish food in aquaculture.  Clemente writes: Fish Read More >

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NYT Misses the Point on Yields, Pesticides and What Farmers Need

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Industry experts, academics, farmers and growers have plenty to say about an October 30 article in The New York Times. Authored by Danny Hakim, NYT investigative reporter out of the London bureau, Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops, is critical of biotechnology and claims that it “has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.” Politico’s Morning Ag did a nice job of Read More >

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