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Q: Have any engineered crop genes ended up in wild, weedy, or otherwise freeliving populations of crop relatives?
Posted On: Monday, 6/02/2014 6:29 pm
Answered By: Michael Horak, Weed Resistance Platform Lead, Monsanto Company on Friday, 1/23/2015 1:05 pm
A: In order for genes to move from one plant to another, cross pollination must occur. Cross pollination among plants is a natural biological process that can occur between closely related plants. Generally, the more closely related two plant species are, the greater the chance that they can cross pollinate and hybridize with one another. In rare cases cross pollination can occur between plants that are more distantly related (such as between different species, but almost never... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 12/27/2014 6:50 pm
Answered By: René Custers, Regulatory & Responsible Research Manager, VIB Flemish Institute of Biotechnology on Friday, 1/23/2015 12:59 pm
A: In Belgium, weeds in maize are mostly a problem in the early phases of the development of the crop. The application of current herbicides on non-GM maize may have a negative impact on the development of the maize, depending on the time of application and the concentration of herbicide used. Maize that would be tolerant to broad-spectrum herbicides, such as glyphosate would make weed control much easier, without a risk of effects on the development of the crop. It would also lead to a... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 12/13/2014 5:29 pm
Answered By: Lawson Mozley, Farmer on Friday, 1/23/2015 12:56 pm
A: Though many crops that farmers grow today grow faster than those that our ancestors grew, this is not due to genetic engineering or transgenic crops. Transgenic crops that have so far been released grow at the same rate as any other variety developed within a similar timeframe. While there are differences in growth rate, even within very similar genetic lines, this is entirely natural in its occurrence. Plant breeders have been breeding more quickly maturing lines of corn,... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 11/07/2014 10:45 am
Answered By: Hope Hart, Technical Leader, Product Safety, Syngenta on Friday, 1/23/2015 12:53 pm
A: Farmers need every tool available to them to increase crop production using limited natural resources to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel as the global population rises. Plant biotechnology can improve crop productivity and yields, and improve the quality of crops, while reducing the environmental impact of their production, making them more sustainable. Further, biotechnology is helping improve nutrition and other consumer-desired characteristics in some crops, and... Continue Reading
Q: I know there is no straight answer, but can you give me a breakdown of the costs of LABELING genetically engineeredbioengineered foods? Not only for consumers, but for the farmers and those behind the scenes?
Posted On: Monday, 11/24/2014 10:12 pm
Answered By: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician on Friday, 1/16/2015 10:14 am
A: The true cost of GMO labeling, I believe, has yet to be determined. Of the literature that I have read, none have fully considered the capitalization of infrastructure in which farmers would need to invest in order to keep genetically engineered seed segregated from non-genetically engineered seed. That’s not to say it’s not possible, we and many other farmers already do that and get paid a premium to do so. The issue is because a large percentage of genetically engineered grain... Continue Reading