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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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FDA Seeks Comment on “Natural” Labelling

We all want food that is good for us and safe to eat. Many of us rely on food labelling to give us that kind of information about the products we buy. What could be better than something natural? Use of the word “natural” on food labels is on the rise as health-conscious consumers seek

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GMO Labeling Law is Rejected Yet Again!

Did you know that a majority of your produce such as tomatoes, corn, and potatoes have been genetically engineered? This process is most definitely just as complex as it sounds. In effort to speed the growth process, scientists transmute and transplant certain genes or genetic codes from one living organism to another. This occurs between

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The Effect of GMOs on Organic Certification

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms whose genes are altered using scientific means. In farming, GMOs such as seeds may be created in order to withstand drought or other extreme weather conditions, or created to withstand insects that would otherwise not let the crops produce. While the goal of GMOs may sound altruistic, there are

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