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After Two Decades, Scientists Find GMOs in Corn Are Good for You. Seriously.

GMO Corn

There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). From monikers like “Frankenfoods” to general skepticism, there has been a variety of biased reactions to these organisms, even though we as a species have been genetically modifying our foods in one way or another for approximately 10,000 years. Perhaps some of this distrust will be put to rest with the emergence of a new meta-analysis that shows GM corn increases crop yields and provides significant health benefits.

The analysis, which was not limited to studies conducted in the U.S. and Canada, showed that GMO corn varieties have increased crop yields worldwide 5.6 to 24.5 percent when compared to non-GMO varieties. They also found that GM corn crops had significantly fewer (up to 36.5 percent less, depending on the species) mycotoxins — toxic chemical byproducts of crop colonization.

Some have argued that GMOs in the U.S. and Canada haven’t increased crop yields and could threaten human health; this sweeping analysis proved just the opposite.

An ear of corn peeled on the stalk, with corn silk turning brown and gross at its tip. A recent meta-analysis found that GM corn improved crop yields and had fewer mycotoxins, which could be produced by fungus if a corn is left open like this.
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For this study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, a group of Italian researchers took over 6,000 peer-reviewed studies from the past 21 years and performed what is known as a “meta-analysis,” a cumulative analysis that draws from hundreds or thousands of credible studies. This type of study allows researchers to draw conclusions that are more expansive and more robust than what could be taken from a single study.

Repairing Misinformation

There have been, for a variety of largely unscientific reasons, serious concern surrounding the effects of GMOs on human health. This analysis confirms that not only do GMOs pose no risk to human health, but also that they actually could have a substantive positive impact on it. 

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Mycotoxins, chemicals produced by fungi, are both toxic and carcinogenic to humans and animals. A significant percentage of non-GM and organic corn contain small amounts of mycotoxins. These chemicals are often removed by cleaning in developing countries, but the risk still exists.

GM corn has substantially fewer mycotoxins because the plants are modified to experience less crop damage from insects. Insects weaken a plant’s immune system and make it more susceptible to developing the fungi that produce mycotoxins.

In their analysis, the researchers stated that this study allows us “to draw unequivocal conclusions, helping to increase public confidence in food produced with genetically modified plants.”

While there will likely still be questions raised as GMOs are incorporated into agriculture, this analysis puts some severe concerns to rest. Additionally, this information might convince farmers and companies to consider the potential health and financial benefits of using genetically modified corn. Some are already calling this meta-analysis the “final chapter” in the GMO debate.

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How to Find HomePod’s Serial Number: Three Methods Explained

How to Find HomePod Serial Number

Just like your iOS device, HomePod has a serial number. You may need it for multiple reasons. For instance, you would be asked for it when seeking help with a technical issue from Apple Support. It would also help you find the warranty status of your smart speaker. Finding HomePod’s serial number is pretty simple, and you can access it in three ways.

You can view the serial number of the Siri-based speaker from the device itself. Besides, it’s available both in the Settings and Home apps on your iOS device.

How to Find HomePod Serial Number

How to Find HomePod’s Serial Number

Find Out the HomePod Serial Number from Home app on your iPhone and iPad

Make sure that your iOS device is signed in with the same Apple ID that you used to set up your speaker.

Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Tap on Home tab.

Step #3. Next, press and hold the HomePod icon.

Step #4. Next up, tap on Details.

Step #5. Up next, scroll down to view the serial number.

How to View HomePod’s Serial Number from Settings App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on your name.

Step #3. Next, scroll down to HomePod to view the serial number.

Check the HomePod’s Serial Number on the Device Itself

You can see the serial number of your HomePod on the device itself. It is also printed on the bottom along with its model number, FCC markings, e-waste warnings and other regulatory markings.

That’s it!

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How to Find your HomePod Software Version

How to Find HomePod Software Version

Apple always recommends you to keep your device up to date. The updated device runs more smoothly and is also more secure. So, if you ever find your smart speaker not functioning properly, make sure it has the latest software installed. You can find your HomePod software version from the HomePod of your iOS device.

You have the option to automatically update your smart speaker. But, if you don’t want the auto-update, you can choose to manually update your device.

How to Find HomePod Software Version

How to Check the HomePod Software Version

Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on Home tab.

Step #3. Next, you need to 3D Touch or long press the HomePod icon.

Step #4. Next up, tap on Details.

Now, you should see the version number for your HomePod software at the bottom of the screen.

How to Update Software On HomePod

Installing software updates on HomePod is just as simple. You can get it done right form the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. To do so, jump over to this quick guide.

That’s it!

Have your say

HomePod is great for listening music courtesy the fabulous sound. We have compiled more than 100 Siri commands for the Smart Speaker to let you conveniently control Apple Music, HomeKit accessories and more. We have also listed out some of the super handy physical controls for the speaker. Do give them a look to control playback without using Siri.

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