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GMO Answers Takes a Fresh Look at the Value of Popular Commodity Crops

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Each week during the month of February, GMO Answers has planned to introduce a new commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Week 1, GMO Answers talked about corn, a major commodity crop - where it’s most commonly grown and why, its many uses, and the types of corn that are available as GM varieties. Corn is planted on about 80 million acres in the U.S., with most of the crop grown Read More >

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Can Biotech Opponents Quash Scientific Facts?

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Why are GMO opponents so worried about scientists who talk about biotechnology? Are they worried that the public will actually learn that GMOs aren’t scary and that they actually help make agriculture more sustainable and help keep food costs low? Are opponent groups scared of scientific facts? Science writer Keith Kloor explains in an article posted on the Science website that a dozen public sector scientists working in the field of biotechnology were hit with Read More >

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Color Changing Flowers

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could break the mold and give your special someone something other than Roses for Valentine’s Day? Research being done at Revolution Bioengineering may allow you to do just that. Revolution Bioengineering is a new biotech company in Fort Collins, CO that is working on building a Petunia Circadia, a flower that changes color throughout the day. The petunia will be developed using synthetic biology. “There are exciting opportunities available right now in Read More >

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Does a “non-G.M.O” Label Really Mean without GMOs?

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In her article, Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules, Stephanie Strom examines the issues behind food manufacturers adding the phrase “non-G.M.O.” to their packaging without having to go through a verification process: So if more companies elect to put labels on their products stating that they are G.M.O.-free, whether verified or not, does that make the fierce policy debate increasingly moot? “It’s an interesting question,” said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, which lobbies Read More >

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GMO Answers…well, Answers “What are Some Safety Problems with GMOs?”

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GMO Answers recently received the question “What are Some Safety Issues with GMOs?”  Site expert Robert Wager M.Sc., a faculty member in the Biology Department, at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, answered this question below. “When discussing safety of GM crops and derived food it is easier to separate the food safety aspects from the environmental aspects.  This answer will deal with food safety issues. Every GM crop is extensively tested for food Read More >

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