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Are GMOs Harmful?

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I recently polled my Facebook followers with the question: “Are GMOs harmful to my health?” The results shocked me. Twenty-seven people said “no” and two people said “yes”. I expected more people to say “yes”, so I began thinking, why did more people say they are not worried about genetically modified organism (GMO) foods, yet it’s a hot media topic?

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Fact-Checking Your Facts: Why it is Important

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Finding the truth is not always easy, but it is easy to take a quoted scientific study at face value. After all, the person quoting the study must know that particular study and the field they are discussing, right?

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The 411 on Food Allergies

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Not only is there a rise in conversation about allergies in today’s society, but there’s a rise food allergies in general. According to specialist Dr. Kari Nadeau, who is the director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University, the food allergy trend is doubling every ten years.

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How are GMOs made: Selective breeding edition

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Genetic engineering techniques are used to insert genetic material (DNA) from one plant type to another to enhance the foods we eat almost every day, but making a GMO plant is a process not taken lightly.

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Food deserts: Why crisp lettuce isn’t on everyone’s dinner table

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The concept of filling the kitchen cupboards and refrigerators with proper nutritious foods is not an option for everyone. For people living in food deserts, a lack of fresh produce is common in their households. Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk and other foods that make up a full range of a healthy diet.

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GMOs: The Biggest Mistake Scientists Made

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As biologists, we failed to properly educate the public about genetically modified organisms. So when the seeds of doubt were introduced, they were more powerful than the strong scientific arguments that support GMOs.

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What is a GMO? Different definitions create confusion

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Most people have an opinion about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Nonetheless, surveys continue to indicate that the terminology remains confusing for a lot of people. While the biotechnology area goes through an extraordinary phase of rapid technological progress, the understanding of the basics among the broader public is definitely not keeping pace.

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What do GMOs look like?

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What do genetic modified organisms (GMOs) look like? This seems like an easy question to answer, but a GMO product’s appearance is based off many things. One is how you define “GMO”.

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Five foods to increase your antioxidant intake

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The first time I heard the word “antioxidants” was approximately 10 years ago. Two of my best friends gave me what they thought was the best birthday present ever — a book called “The Super Antioxidants".

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An Integrated Approach to Protecting Our Food Supply

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Not all bugs are created equal. Growing up in Indiana on a row crop and hog farm, I never got an extensive look as to why growers had a love/hate relationship with bugs. Then, I moved to Southeast Florida as a crop protection sales representative for Dow AgroSciences. I quickly picked up on the importance of beneficial insects and why growers must control harmful pests.

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