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Genetically modified organism. Any plant or animal where the genetic code has been manipulated by biotechnological methods. Usually so the organism generates products from other species (for example pesticides in corn) or unnatural products (like modified human insulin in bacteria).

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Does eating seedless fruit cause infertility?

Eden Tosch of The Ayurveda Experience argues against eating seedless fruit (such as seedless watermelon, grapes, lemons, tangerines and oranges). Eating the fertile, nutritious and rich part of a ...
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Do some GMO plants provide bigger yields and more efficient use of land?

I was told that some Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) provide bigger crop yields and a more efficient use of land compared to unmodified crops. Monsanto claim: These [GMO] seeds grow into ...
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Are GMOs a threat to bee populations? [closed]

An image is making the rounds on some Facebook groups: It appears to have originated from an anti-GMO website. Although the image is making multiple claims, there is an implied claim that GMOs are ...
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Has the synthetic bacteria Synthia become a rogue flesh-eating disease?

I spotted this on Facebook: Cynthia [sic]: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has Gone Wild In 2011, Cynthia was unleashed in the Gulf of Mexico and in its initial stages of life it was ...
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What does science say about GM cow research in New Zealand? [closed]

I saw this article while perusing the internet: http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/10/23/gm-cow-experiments-in-new-zealand-show-disastrous-results/#.VipkId_BzRZ Looking through the sources, they ...
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Did Philippine farmers vandalise a field of Golden Rice GMO?

The BBC and the New York Times report that the a field of Golden Rice GMO rice was vandalised by Philippine farmers: A trial plot of genetically modified rice has been destroyed by local farmers ...
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Do GMO companies forbid independent research on their seeds?

I was linked to this article on Global Research.ca today which claims that GMO companies (specifically Monsanto, but also naming DuPont and Syngenta) ban independent research on their seeds. There ...
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Is the chemical composition of genetically modified crops tested?

A February 2002 Harper's Magazine article, Unraveling the DNA Myth discusses the fact that the effect that genes have on plants is not always as simple as one gene coding for one protein, and that ...
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Is it possible for ingested dsRNA (or other genetic materials) to affect human gene expression?

I am usually pretty skeptical about claims on the danger of genetically modified crops because the issue of health for me logically breaks down to: Do the genes altered produce toxic chemicals in a ...
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Do Monsanto GM foods cause gluten-related illnesses?

In a newly released video by RT they claim that "Future Epidemic? Monsanto GM foods cause gluten-related illnesses" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyV001qX2i4 18 million of Americans suffer from ...
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Does Roundup harm mammals?

In the anti-GMO debate, it is frequently suggested that the use of Glyphosate (trade name: Roundup) on Roundup-ready GMO crops causes environmental harm. Example claim: Natural News Monsanto's ...
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Do US preschools ban lunches being brought to school?

In October 2013, on My 2 Crazy Curls, a blogger from Richmond, VA, reported receiving a letter from her child's preschool, explicitly banning students from bringing their own food to school without a ...
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Are GMO crops to blame for farmer suicides in India?

Anyone who follows the genetically modified organism (GMO) debate has probably heard the claim that GMO crops, and specifically the inability to save seed and other associated production costs, have ...
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Has European Patent Office granted Monsanto a patent on natural broccoli seeds and florets?

An article on Natural News claims that EPO granted Monsanto a patent on conventionally-bred broccoli, which includes not only broccoli seeds but also the "severed broccoli head" and the "plurality ...
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Does Australia label GMO foods?

From a facebook photo What Labeling of US food looks like in Australia... Raw for beauty blog The picture contains a purported list of ingredients for frosting in Australia: INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, ...
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Does Monsanto have a bee patent?

In 2011, Monsanto acquired a company specialised in bees. Claims are circulating on the internet about an alleged Monsanto bee patent. In its most radical form, the claim is: Monsanto is killing ...
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When fed to rats, does GM Soy cause smaller babies?

I found this image circulating on Facebook: Genetically Modified Food Testicles of a rat fed normal food/FM fed/Normal fed/Monsanto GM fed Laboratoy tests by the Russian National Academy ...
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Can Tifton 85 grass produce cyanide gas?

Today I read something quite unexpected: Preliminary tests revealed the Tifton 85 grass, which has been here for years, had suddenly started producing cyanide gas, poisoning the cattle. [...] ...
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Is GM corn toxic? [duplicate]

According to Vendomois et al, 2009: these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. Monsanto, the manufacturer of two of the ...
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Are human trials not necessary to determine the safety of genetically modified food?

Naturalnews.com claims that in explaining why Monsanto doesn't run human clinical trials on GM crops on its own website, the company uses 'absurd logic' to justify its stance and makes '...
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Is Genetically Modified food safe to consume?

What's the truth surrounding the popular idea that genetically modified food is dangerous to consume? There's entire websites and institutions dedicated to popularizing the alleged dangers of eating ...
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Organic food is worse for the environment because it requires more land than non-organic food

I've heard that organic crops and husbandry are worse for the environment than non-organic equivalents because in the absence of pesticides and fertilizers much more land is required for an organic ...
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What risks exist with GMO, but not with selective breeding?

Anytime you hear Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) come up, someone always pipes in that it's perfectly safe because we've been doing it for thousands of years through selective breeding. ...