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Posted On: Tuesday, 3/11/2014 5:19 pm
A: You raise an important point, because nobody wants to create a plant, GMO or not, that might cause ecological issues like becoming invasive. This is why evaluation by EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is so critical in transgenic (GMO) plant deregulation, and why the process takes so long. Those improving plant genetics by breeding or biotech are sensitive to the environment, so just about every new plant, GM or from traditional breeding, is... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 3:02 pm
A: At Monsanto we develop and sell both conventional and biotech seeds for our row crops, such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola. In fact, when it comes to our vegetable seeds, Monsanto offers conventional seeds, or those without biotech, in crop varieties in all 22 vegetable crops we sell. The only two vegetable crops that we sell in both a GMO and a non-GMO variety are sweet corn and squash. Within vegetables, the vast majority of our R&D focus is not on GMOs but rather on advanced... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 4/26/2014 1:45 pm
A: Great question! There are many options for students interested in learning about modern plant-breeding techniques and crop improvement through biotechnology, including mutation breeding, marker-assisted selection, transgenesis, RNAi and genome editing. Land-grant universities, established by the U.S. Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, including the University of California, Davis, have strong academic programs in agronomy, plant breeding and plant biology. Every state has at least one land-... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 9/04/2014 4:12 pm
A: Some high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made using corn produced through biotechnology.  It depends on which type of corn is delivered to the various production facilities. However, research demonstrates that HFCS made from biotech corn is essentially the same as HFCS made from conventional corn. Furthermore, the genetically modified DNA or protein is degraded during the process that breaks corn down into HFCS, which makes the genetically modified DNA or protein undetectable. Crops... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 3:02 pm
A: Yes. Non-GM seeds are an important part of our business at DuPont Pioneer. For farmers, the decision about which seed to plant may be the most important one they make all year. They consider which brand and variety will work best for their soil type, growing conditions and crop rotation. We work closely with our farmer customers to make sure they understand all of their options and help them choose the best seed for their unique needs. Sometimes that means choosing a crop with a biotech... Continue Reading