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Are all forms of Bt toxin safe?

Are all forms of Bt toxin safe?

Last Updated: December 28th, 2015
There are many types of Bt toxin in the wild and in genetically engineered plants; research has raised safety concerns relating to some of them. Declaring them all safe is premature, and here’s why. Thus far, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that all Bt endotoxins expressed in genetically engineered (GE) plants meet the basic, statutory safety... Read moreback to top ↑
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Are GMOs contributing to the rise in chronic health conditions in our children?

Are GMOs contributing to the rise in chronic health conditions in our children?

Last Updated: December 28th, 2015
Through sanitation, better nutrition, medical care and many other advances, we naturally expect that children’s health should continually improve over time. However, this has not been the case in recent years. Many childhood diseases are on the rise and the rate of change is too rapid to be explained by genetic change. Thus, we turn our attention to environmental... Read moreback to top ↑
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Genetic Engineering: Far-Reaching Biomedical Uses in Modern Society

Genetic Engineering: Far-Reaching Biomedical Uses in Modern Society

Last Updated: December 28th, 2015
Since the discovery of the structure of DNA and of the fact that one could engineer bacteria, plants, and animals using “recombinant” techniques to express genes moved from other organisms, much of biology and genetics research has been transformed. This remarkable technology has attracted billions in investment by private companies and confronted society with... Read moreback to top ↑
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Glyphosate and Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Glyphosate and Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Last Updated: January 21st, 2016
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide formulations most commonly used on genetically engineered (GE) crops. For nearly a decade, glyphosate has been far and away the most widely and heavily used pesticide in the US and globally. In 2015, US farmers and ranchers applied enough glyphosate to spray about three-quarters of a pound of active ingredient on... Read moreback to top ↑
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How We Read Scientific Studies

How We Read Scientific Studies

Last Updated: December 28th, 2015
The science of genetic engineering is rapidly evolving, and it is changing the environment, agriculture and food manufacturing and consumption in profound ways. New applications of existing tools to genetically modify plants and animals are under development around the world. Novel and more precise genetic engineering methods will open new horizons for commercial... Read moreback to top ↑
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Massive Rise in Use of Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Massive Rise in Use of Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Last Updated: March 7th, 2016
Herbicides containing glyphosate are the most heavily used worldwide. A comprehensive account of the use of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) is available in an article published by Environmental Sciences Europe in February 2016 (1). This article examines the last 40 years of GBH use. Data sources on US applications of glyphosate include the US Department of... Read moreback to top ↑
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Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods

Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods

Last Updated: December 28th, 2015
In the US, genetically engineered (GE) organisms are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agricultural (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since the first commercialization of GE foods, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has produced three major reports addressing the applications, risks, and benefits of... Read moreback to top ↑
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Top Concerns About Glyphosate Include Birth Defects and Cancer

Top Concerns About Glyphosate Include Birth Defects and Cancer

Last Updated: February 5th, 2016
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the systemic herbicide formulation Roundup®, as well as in several generic “glyphosate-based herbicides” (GBHs). These herbicides are applied around the world to most of the acres where genetically engineered (GE) crops are grown, and glyphosate is now the most heavily used pesticide active ingredient in the world. In fact, no... Read moreback to top ↑
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Top Five Childhood Diseases on the Rise

Top Five Childhood Diseases on the Rise

Last Updated: December 28th, 2015
Recent studies confirm our clinical experience: 43% of children in the United States have a chronic illness, a percentage that rises to 52% when obesity is included as a disease.[1] Here we list some of the childhood diseases on the rise. We cannot conclude that any of them are related to GE food, though there is biological plausibility for a link. Many of these... Read moreback to top ↑
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A Pediatrician’s Viewpoint

A Pediatrician’s Viewpoint

Last Updated: December 29th, 2015
By Michelle Perro, M.D., D. Hom. Caring for children has been my entire life’s work. It requires an open mind to perform this work, particularly in our present environment that challenges the health of this very vulnerable population. For those of us who embrace the role of being children’s health care providers, our own vigilance to their well-being must be finely... Read moreback to top ↑
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Super Weeds and Herbicide – Tolerant Genetically Engineered Crops

Super Weeds and Herbicide – Tolerant Genetically Engineered Crops

Last Updated: December 30th, 2015
By Belinda Martineau, PhD Some Ag-Biotech history Twenty years ago, before crops genetically engineered to be herbicide-tolerant were commercially available, one of the big concerns environmentalists had about the use of agricultural biotechnology was that it would lead to “super weeds.” Their apprehension stemmed from biotech products in the industrial pipeline at... Read moreback to top ↑
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