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Survey Shows Americans Support Labeling Foods Containing DNA

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A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Washington Post reported on the survey:   If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this: WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has Read More >

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GMO Basics: Why Uncertainty is Part of Science?

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Ever wonder how scientists deal with uncertainty as they search for answers?GMO Answers posted a great excerpt from a recent SenseAboutScience publication which explores why uncertainty is a natural occurrence in the field of science and how scientists deal with it: “Introduction: Why Make Sense of Uncertainty? “Scientific uncertainty is prominent in research that has big implications for our society: could the Arctic be ice-free in summer by 2080? Will a new cancer drug be worth its Read More >

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AP Poll Shows Support for GMO Labeling Lessens

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New AP poll finds 66% of Americans back GMO labeling — far lower than the 93% in the 2013 New York Times Poll, Mary Clare Jalonick of the Associated Press reports: burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/201… According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of Americans favor requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs. Only 7 percent are opposed to the idea, and 24 percent are Read More >

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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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