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VIDEO: Are GM Crops Harming Our Environment?

10/12/2012

This video focuses on the impacts GM crops have on the environment. A west-coast mom, Karri Hammerstrom, asks tough questions of environmental scientist Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham from the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture at the University of California-Davis.

GM Corn Causes Tumors in Rats?

9/26/2012

You may have heard about a recent French study into the health impacts of genetically-modified (GM) corn published this week in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. French researchers claim that rats fed a diet of GM corn (or exposed to the popular weed killer Roundup) are more likely to develop mammary tumors, organ damage and early death compared to rats fed a non-GM diet. 

Though the study has been widely condemned by international scientists, we asked several Best Food Facts experts to review the study and share their thoughts.

GMOs in Our Food - Consumers Ask All

9/14/2012

We receive a LOT of questions about genetically modified foods and food ingredients from readers like you. And based on our research online and in popular press, there are growing concerns. We had consumers ask experts directly, and are excited to bring the videos of the interactions in October 2012.

BMO Crops?

9/12/2012

Ever heard of BMO crops? A new study has looked at the effects of bioelectric magnetism organic (BMO) technology on okra yields. Bioelectric magnetism refers to electrical, magnetic or electromagnetic fields produced by living cells, tissues or organisms. 

Is GM feed linked to poor fertility in farm animals?

8/23/2012

We’ve answered questions about genetically-modified food, but recently, Best Food Facts received a question via Twitter, asking if GM feed is linked to poor fertility in farm animals, particularly poultry and waterfowl.

Are Superweeds Taking Over Our Fields?

6/20/2012

Recent blog posts and articles claiming that "superweeds" are getting stronger because of herbicide resistance have raised concerns amongst our readers. To help dig into the subject, we’ve enlisted the help of Dr. David Shaw from Mississippi State University.

GMO Labeling: What You Need to Know

6/6/2012

Food made from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a top-of-mind issue for some consumers, and the subject has been the focus of television programs like The Doctors, which recently featured a segment on GMOs and GMO labeling. We asked Dr. Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, to provide his opinion on the subject of labeling genetically modified foods.

It's My Right: Genetically-Modified Labeling

5/17/2012

States like Connecticut, Washington and California are taking a hard look at labeling food products with genetically modified ingredients, with advocates saying consumers have the right to know. Best Food Facts expert Dr. Peggy Lemaux was interviewed on the subject for a recent NPR story focused on the California initiative.

Genetically-Engineered Sweet Corn – Is It Safe?

4/16/2012

A recent blog post from Food & Water Watch in the The Huffington Post raised concerns about genetically-engineered (GE) sweet corn. Previously, we posted information from experts regarding the effect of GE foods on human health. We asked those experts to weigh in on the GE sweet corn issue.

Top Posts of 2011

12/30/2011

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to learn more about our food system. We appreciate your comments and questions! We'd also like to thank our food system experts for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

Genetically-Modified Foods: Should they be labeled?

12/13/2011

Best Food Facts asks readers what they think about the possibility of GM food labeling.

Expert response: Bt, GMO and HFCS

11/9/2011

In response to our latest post, Study: Bt protein in your blood. Consumer beware?, we received a few tweets from @Jambutter. He had some questions that we thought deserved to be addressed, since these are on the minds of consumers everywhere. To do so, we asked one of the experts who we interviewed for the original post - Dr. Bruce Chassy, from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Study: Bt protein in your blood. Consumer beware?

11/2/2011

We recently received an inquiry regarding a report from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec. The report claimed to have detected the presence of the Bt protein Cry1Ab in the blood of humans. The report, which was highlighted in an article from The Organic Report is available here*.

Science, Sweet Corn and Diabetes - Research in the Making

10/25/2011

Food scientists are constantly exploring how to make foods taste better, digest easier, grow with fewer fertilizers, etc. We recently learned that a team of scientists at Iowa State University is working with the starches in sweet corn to try to create a response in the body that modify the starch to digest more slowly... which creates a more moderate insulin response, and release of glucose into the blood stream. This is important to the U.S.'s diabetic population of more than 21 million individuals, since moderating insulin and glucose through diet and medication is a constant need.

GMOs - What to Know

8/30/2011

An index of posts, a table of contents, listing the posts for the Best Food Facts GMO series.

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