The GMObelus AgBio Test

This test doesn't require scientific training. All it takes is knowing the recent history of agricultural biotechnology, so the playing field is level.

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1. What process has had the greatest effect on the genetic makeup of modern crops?
genetic engineering
selective breeding
2. As a result of genetic engineering, the use of pesticides on farms has:
caused usage to go up
caused usage to go down
caused usage to go down for some crops, no change for others
stayed the same
3. What process has had the greatest effect on the genetic makeup of modern crops?
1954
1964
1974
1984
1994
4. Will insects develop resistance to the toxins produced in Bt crops?
It is impossible for insects to develop resistance to these toxins.
Most insects are already resistant to these toxins.
5. The first plant to be genetically engineered was:
Arabidopsis
duckweed
alfalfa
tobacco
bentgrass
6. What was the first GM crop approved for cultivation?
corn
cotton
tomato
soybean
canola
7. What is the world's most popular GM crop?
corn
cotton
soybean
canola
8. When did crops become resistant to herbicides?
After the introduction of Bt corn in 1997.
After the introduction of Roundup-ready soybeans in 1996.
Some crops have always been resistant to some herbicides.
9. Does it require human intervention to transfer individual genes between species?
Yes, that is the definition of genetic engineering.
No, gene transfer between species happens in nature.
10. Are genetically modified crops likely to spread their genes into nearby ecosystems?
Yes, since they are aggressive.
No, it is impossible.
Yes, but only to wild relatives, and when the gene helps the relative survive in the wild.
11. On average, how long does it take to develop a new genetically modified crop and get it approved for cultivation?
20
10
5
1
12. Tomato paste made from genetically modified tomatoes is no longer available in Great Britain, because:
the tomatoes caused stomach lesions in rats.
consumers rejected GM tomato paste.
the pollen was toxic to butterflies.
regulations were imposed making it illegal to grow the tomatoes.
13. Genetically modified StarLink corn and foods made from it were pulled from the market because:
they caused allergic reactions in humans.
the pollen killed Monarch butterflies.
the corn was only approved for animal feed.
14. Which country in the world has approved the most GMOs for food and feed?
USA
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Brazil
15. The farmers who derive the greatest direct benefits from genetically modified crops are those in:
wealthy developed nations.
nations with lax regulations
developing nations.
16. Corporations force farmers to buy new seed from them every year, by:
patenting the seeds.
selling hybrid seeds.
both of the above
none of the above; farmers buy what they want.
17. What are popular reasons for farmers to purchase GM seeds?
Increased crop yields.
Decreased input costs.
Reduced management time.
Reduced erosion
All of the above.
18. How many published studies have concluded that GM crops are safe for production or consumption?
50+
100+
200+
300+
19. GM potatoes have been developed and approved in the United States, but are not grown there, because:
they caused stomach lesions in rats.
they caused damage to biodiversity.
consumers rejected them.
french fry manufacturers rejected them.
20. If you took all the DNA in the average plant cell and laid the DNA molecules end-to-end, how long would that be?
3 millimeters
3 centimeters
3 meters
21. In 1986, the world's first field trials of GM plants were conducted in:
Britain
Canada
USA
Belgium
Germany
22. In 1994, the European Union's first genetically engineered crop, tobacco, was approved in:
Turkey
Romania
France
Italy
23. Food crops with the 'Terminator' gene:
have sterile seeds.
prevent gene piracy.
both of the above.
do not exist.
24. By 2008, field trials of GMOs which had been conducted in the United States totaled roughly:
14,300
12,300
6,800
240
25. By 2008, the number of field trials of GMOs that had been conducted in the European Union totaled roughly:
2,400
1,400
540
240
26. GM wheat is not commercially grown anywhere, because:
consumers would reject it
farmers would refuse to grow it
it would contaminate wild species
wheat-exporting/importing corporations would reject it
27. The number of farmers who have been sued because genetically modified pollen or seed got into their field by accident total roughly:
240
1,200
2,400
zero

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