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Are GMO Bananas on the Horizon?

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Tony Leys of The Des Moines Register covered a recent story on the potential for GM bananas. While we provide a highlight of his article “Yes, we have no GMO bananas. For now.”, we encourage you to read it in its entirety. A plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit. The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living Read More >

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UK Government Adviser: Organic Farming Not Always Best

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The Guardian reported on remarks by a UK government scientific adviser stating that organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, because of the greater land use required and the methods used. Lord Krebs, who advises ministers on how to adapt to climate change, told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Instead, he suggested, agricultural methods known as “no-till” – which usually Read More >

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One Farmer Compares the Production Costs of GMO versus NonGMO Crops

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Jenny Schmidt lives on a family farm with her husband and two children. Schmidt Farms is located in Sudlersville, MD and grows grains, vegetables, hay and wine grapes. She dedicates a good portion of her time to starting conversations about food and farming with urban consumers based on her experiences through her blog, The Foodie Farmer. In a recent post, Jennie compares the production costs of growing GMO crops to that of NonGMO crops. She makes it clear Read More >

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Is Corn Really Used in That?

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Can you live a GMO free life? GMO Answers Independent Expert Sarah Schultz answers this exact question in a recent post on from her Nurse Loves Farmer blog. Sarah highlights that the use of GMOs in everyday products goes far beyond their commonly known role in food production. “Did you know corn is not just used for human consumption or for livestock feed? Those are just a couple of the 4200+ uses of corn. Over four Read More >

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Nature Biotech Comes Out Against the Mandatory Labeling of GMOs

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Nature Biotechnology recently published an editorial piece that looks at how the mandatory labeling of GM foods in the United States will not only make all food more costly but also create unnecessary confusion for customers. The piece identifies cost as the foremost problem when it comes to the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Many assume that mandatory labeling just means printing more detailed labels but it in fact it’s much more than that and Read More >

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