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A Plant Breeder Explains How GE Techniques Differ from Non-GMO Breeding

With public concern about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), growers often find themselves trying to explain breeding techniques and how their crops are non-GMO. Sometimes, however, growers stumble when explaining how GMO breeding differs from modern breeding.


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