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GMO Labeling is Coming to Supermarkets Soon

GMO Labels will soon be required to be placed on foods that contain genetically modified (GM) or bioengineered (BE) ingredients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its proposed guidelines, which state: “A recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE)

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Superweeds are Creating Super Problems

Farmers around the nation are concerned with the proliferation of “superweeds” that are affecting their crops. These-extra strength weeds are difficult to kill. They are becoming resistant to the most popular herbicides, such as Roundup. Currently, there are over 61 million acres of American farmland overtaken by weeds that are resistant to Roundup. Herbicide resistance

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Confusion Surrounds GM Salmon

The introduction of the first genetically modified (GM) salmon in Canada has not been so smooth, according to reactions from consumers. It has created much confusion for food shoppers. Recently, tons of genetically modified salmon were introduced to Canadian consumers. In Canada, there are no GM food labels, so consumers cannot distinguish GM foods from

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Genetically Modified Salmon Emerges in the Food Supply

Salmon has become the first genetically-modified (GM) fish/animal in the world to be a part of the human food supply. Recently, AquaBounty Technologies in Maynard, Massachusetts sold nearly five tons of genetically-modified salmon to undisclosed customers in Canada. These fish are said to grow twice as fast as conventionally-farmed Atlantic salmon. GM salmon can grow

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Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified foods are on every grocery shelf in the nation, but consumers may not be aware of their existence because there are no labels on foods that let buyers know they are eating them. Some people strongly believe genetically modified foods are detrimental to the health of humans. Genetically modified foods are biologically altered

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GMO Ingredients to Avoid

A GMO is a genetically modified organism, plant or animal, whose genetic makeup has been modified by gene splicing, genetic modification, or transgenic technology. Some experts believe this new scientific practice is not safe and creates unnatural combinations of plant or animal genes that may prove harmful to humans. GMOs affect many of the foods

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GMO Labeling is Catching On

In July of 2016, Vermont’s state-mandated GMO labeling law goes into effect, requiring food producers to disclose genetically modified ingredients on their labels. The U.S. Senate’s effort to preempt this law failed in March 2016. Now, a number of other food industry leaders have joined Campbell Soup in announcing their intent to voluntarily disclose any

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FDA Announces it Will Begin Testing for Glyphosate in Food Products

In February 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced that for the first time it will begin testing food products sold in the U.S. for glyphosate residue. Glyphosate is the active ingredient used in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. According to a Newsweek story on the FDA’s announcement, glyphosate is widely used on American farms, and is

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Organic vs. Non-GMO Foods

Increasingly health-conscious consumers are giving a boost to both organic foods and non-genetically modified foods. According to FoodDive.com, consumers’ desire for production transparency and clear labeling is leading food producers to remove artificial ingredients, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as including organic and non-GMO seals on their labels. For example, as this

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Campbell Soup to Disclose GMO Ingredients on Labels

The World Health Organization describes genetically modified foods as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally.” What this means, as the Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) of the University of Utah explains, is that the technology now exists to allow scientists to transfer

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