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  questions & answers
 
 

CropGen's panel of specialists answer some of the most frequently asked questions about crop biotechnology

1
  What is GM? How is it done? Where is it done? Does it have to be done in a lab?
2
  What does "GM" mean? How wide is its definition?
3
  Does it involve chemicals? Which ones and how?
4
  How can you tell what will happen when genes are inserted?
5
  When and how did GM begin? How long has it been going on?
6
  Does it work?
7
  How much is on the market? What percentage of foods on the market are GM? What crops are already genetically modified?
8
  What new GM crops / foods are planned?
9
  Who produces GM food?
10
  Who eats GM food? Do the producers eat it?
11
  Are we being fed GM foods without knowing it? Do we get told what is GM and what isn't in supermarkets? Do you have to label GM food as GM? How can we tell if it is a GM product / if we've eaten GM?
12
  Why do it? Why change what we've got? Is there a need for it? What can it be used for? Who is demanding GM / who says there's a need for it? Is it principally driven by profit? Is it driven by scientists seeing what they can do by playing with nature?
13
  What are the real benefits? Who is benefiting and who will benefit?
14
  Will it benefit our lives and how? What's in it for me?
15
  Will it make life easier / give us better food / more nutritious or healthier food / food with a longer shelf life? Will it be cheaper (by how much and why?) or cost more?
16
  What is the biggest advantage GM crops can bring the world?
17
  Will it have medical benefits e.g. a cure for diseases such as cancer?
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  What impact will GM crops have on alternative uses of crops e.g. GM oilseed rape for biofuels?
20
  Is it good for me or dangerous? How will it affect us? Are there negative effects / side effects / drawbacks to balance against the benefits?