With its recent decisions to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa and sugar beets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a strong signal about its confidence in the safety of GM crops. Consumers, though, aren't feeling reassured. According to a food safety survey by The NPD Group, 73% of shoppers have at least some awareness of genetically modified foods, and nearly half say they are somewhat concerned that such foods pose a health risk. Fifteen percent say they are very concerned or ...

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