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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.

Frequently Asked Questions - GMOs

8/29/2011

We’ve read it in magazines, seen it on internet news sites, and maybe even watched a segment discussing it on afternoon television. GMOs, genetically modified organisms, biotechnology, or even ‘frankenfood,’ as some like to call it, have certainly raised a lot of questions.

You’ve shared your concerns and asked questions about GMOs with Best Food Facts, and we’ve gathered experts and resources to answer them. This post continues our series focused on GMOs for the month of August 2011. To read all related posts in the series, click here. This week, we’re focused on providing expert answers to some frequently asked questions about GMOs.

 

How do GMOs Affect the Environment?

8/22/2011

Experts discuss GMOs and their impact on the environment.

Do GMOs Have Side Effects on Unborn Children or Pregnant Women?

8/15/2011

When new research says, “93 percent of pregnant women and 80 percent of their umbilical cord blood samples contained a pesticide implanted in GMO corn,” it’s no wonder there’s concern - especially from moms. An expert reacts.

What Effect do GMOs have on Human Health?

8/8/2011

Experts discuss GM foods and your health.

What Consumers Want to Know About GMOs

8/1/2011

Basic descriptions of genetically modified organisms, biotechnology and specific crops that are grown using GMOs.

Getting Down and Dirty with Pesticide Residues and the Dirty Dozen

6/22/2011

Expert information about the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group that lists pesticide residues in fruits and veggies.

Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls?

6/1/2011

Experts discuss the question of the association between hormones in dairy products and early puberty in girls.

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