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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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Unhealthy Fixation: The War Against GMOs

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The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer, writes William Saletan in a comprehensive and well-researched article in Slate: Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products Read More >

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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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Freedom, Fireworks, Hot Dogs and Biotech!

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Independence Day is a day when America comes together to celebrate family, friends, and our independence from Great Britain in 1776. It definitely would not be a typical 4th of July in my family if I did not have my aunt’s delicious corn on the cob - the American delicacy. Regardless of drought, pests, or cold weather I can always depend on having this 4th of July treat thanks to biotech crops! Unfortunately, not everyone may not be able Read More >

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A Glimpse into a New Era: Genetically Modified Animals

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Science fiction and pop culture, such as the Jurassic Park franchise, narrate an unrealistic view of genetically modified animals. However, the use of genetically modified animals can improve livestock farming practices, save endangered species, and can even lead to cures for human diseases. In Kevin Loria’s entertaining and informative blog post, The age of genetically engineered animals has arrived, Loria speaks to the benefits of genetically engineered animals with real-life examples, discusses bioethics, and highlights the Read More >

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