Consumers choose GE corn over conventional

David Walton, whose family has been farming in Iowa since 1836, has a philosophy that “each generation MUST leave the soil in better condition than we found it”. To this end, he employs a variety of crop production methods, including both GE and conventional seed, to produce high-quality food. Despite seeing the value biotechnology can often offer to farmers like himself, he’s often wondered if the public would embrace biotech crops more readily if these foods offered direct consumer benefits. David recently put that speculation to the test by selling both GE and conventional sweet corn at his roadside stand.
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Top 10 Consumer Questions About GMOs – Part 2

Continuing our countdown of GMOAnswers’ expert responses to the top-10 questions consumers have about biotech foods, here are #1-5: 5)  Are GMOs contaminating organic food crops? This is an important issue, and not a new one; neighboring farmers managing different crops and production methods have been going on long before GE crops were introduced. While pollen drift does occur in some instances, low-level presence of a biotech trait is allowed in organic production as long as the proper organic protocols are observed, so the risk to organic growers is minimal. As an aside, for Arctic® apples in particular the risk
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Top 10 Consumer Questions About GMOs – Part 1

Earlier this year GMO Answers, a website devoted to answering questions about biotech foods and providing reputable resources on the subject, released a list of the top 10 questions submitted by consumers. These questions were determined via a U.S. nationwide poll, and answers were gathered from scientists, doctors and other reputable experts. Now, a top-10 list with a few paragraphs answering each question about biotech foods may already be fairly “digestible” (ahem…) but if the developers of nonbrowning Arctic® apples know one thing, it’s that people value as much convenience as possible! So, without further ado, here are our ultra-concise,
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The best of both worlds: biotech’s health & sensory benefits

Consumers try to eat healthy, they really do! It’s too bad our silly little brains are programmed to often value instant gratification over long-term benefits, or else we’d all be super-fit gym nuts with 90-year life expectancies. Anyone who’s ever made (and then broken) New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier knows what we’re talking about. Plenty of research demonstrates that even though most consumers say they’re interested in eating healthier, their resolve slips when they’re actually shopping and eating, as they’re swayed by the convenience and taste of less nutritious alternatives. Yet, rather than change human nature itself, why not
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