GMOs Demystified- Part 5: Should GM Products be Labeled?

Rural System, above all else, is an approach to land management that emphasizes reasonableness in making management decisions. “How much profit can be made?” is balanced with “How long will profit be made?” “What’s good for humans?” is balanced with “What is good for the ecosystem?” All management decisions are made according to the most recent scientific knowledge on the topic.

The debate over genetically modified food has been extensive and multi-faceted. Like many sensationalized issues, it can be difficult to sort out truth from bias. The series of posts before you is a guide to GMOs based on available science rather than uninformed opinion. Our second question: should GMO products be labelled as GMO?

GMO labeling

Now that you have more information, what do you think? Should GM products be labeled?

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GMOs Demystified- Part 1: Basics of Genetic Engineering

Rural System, above all else, is an approach to land management that emphasizes reasonableness in making management decisions. “How much profit can be made?” is balanced with “How long will profit be made?” “What’s good for humans?” is balanced with “What is good for the ecosystem?” All management decisions are made according to the most recent scientific knowledge on the topic.

The debate over genetically modified food has been extensive and multi-faceted. Like many sensationalized issues, it can be difficult to sort out truth from bias. This series of posts before you is a guide to GMOs based on available science rather than uninformed opinion. Our first question: how is genetic engineering done?

Genetic engineering is now a simple procedure used to produce many different genetically modified organisms.

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GMOs Demystified- Part 2: Health Effects

How do you know if it's GMO? Are GMO foods safe?

How do you know if it’s GMO? Are GM foods safe?

Rural System, above all else, is an approach to land management that emphasizes reasonableness in making management decisions. “How much profit can be made?” is balanced with “How long will profit be made?” “What’s good for humans?” is balanced with “What is good for the ecosystem?” All management decisions are made according to the most recent scientific knowledge on the topic.

The debate over genetically modified food has been extensive and multi-faceted. Like many sensationalized issues, it can be difficult to sort out truth from bias. The series of posts before you is a guide to GMOs based on available science rather than uninformed opinion. Our second question: how do GMOs affect your health when consumed? Are they safe? [Read more…]

GMOs Demystified- Part 3: Environmental Impact

Rural System, above all else, is an approach to land management that emphasizes reasonableness in making management decisions. “How much profit can be made?” is balanced with “How long will profit be made?” “What’s good for humans?” is balanced with “What is good for the ecosystem?” All management decisions are made according to the most recent scientific knowledge on the topic.

The debate over genetically modified food has been extensive and multi-faceted. Like many sensationalized issues, it can be difficult to sort out truth from bias. The series of posts before you is a guide to GMOs based on available science rather than uninformed opinion. Our third question: how do GMOs currently affect the environment?

Bt crops reduce the need for sprayed pesticides. This helps prevent killing non-target insects such as useful pollinators.

Bt crops reduce the need for sprayed pesticides. This helps prevent killing non-target insects such as useful pollinators.

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Top Apps in Farming: There’s an App for That!

Today’s modern farmer, or Farmer 10.0, uses mobile technology like smartphones and tablets to manage their farm.

“Ag retailers — and agriculture professionals at large — are starving for mobile agriculture apps that can help them do their jobs better. They can’t get enough them.” – Matt Hopkins of CropLife.com

Canola Farmer on the PhoneCheck out Matt’s list of the 10 best mobile apps available in 2012 for agriculture and those which made the honorable mention list at the bottom. There’s a list of the best newly released apps for 2013 too!

For an increasing number of activities or problems on the farm you’ll hear the answer “There’s an app for that!” – identifying weeds, identifying plant diseases, mixing fertilizer, tracking planting, fertilizer reminders, social farming, current market prices and so much more.

There are apps for the commercial farmer, the small-scale farmer, and for the home gardener. Even Rural System is joining in the app fever and developing apps to help homeowners manage their garden needs. Check out our demo version of a home vegetable garden fertilization tool called SoilSmartRx.

The beauty of apps is that, just like computer programs, they can continue to be improved and designed to fit the consumers’ needs. With mobile apps, the future of farming is, quite literally, in your hands.

How often do you use mobile apps for your agricultural needs?

Do you wish you had an app for something?

We want to know! Share your thoughts in the comments section below.