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Gene-edited food already in U.S. market, not labeled as GMO

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Products made possible through gene-editing have landed on grocery shelves. Whether they’ll stay there is up to shoppers wary of technological tinkering.

. . . [S]o far, regulators at the USDA have taken a pass on overseeing gene-edited crops. They say cutting DNA from a plant is not the same as adding genes from another organism. So corn injected with outside DNA is classified a GMO, but canola that can tolerate herbicide because scientists removed a gene is not.

. . . . U.S. farmers harvested 8,000 acres . . . last year of gene-edited canola processed into cooking oil marketed as non-GMO. . . .

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Calyxt, a . . .subsidiary of the . . . bio-pharma company Cellectis, has developed genetically edited soybeans that produce oil able to withstand high cooking heat without producing trans fat. Crops are growing . . . and could be on the market as soon as 2018. . . .

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. . . [A] growing number of U.S. consumers are avoiding [GMOs]. . . .Even if Congress passes a bill requiring national GMO labeling, it won’t apply to gene-edited crops as regulations now stand. The question is if that will last.

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