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Posted On: Tuesday, 6/03/2014 4:38 pm
A: Thank you very much for your question. I assume your use of the word “pesticide” is in its most common sense, which means it can be any type of plant-protection product that shields plants from damaging influences from weeds, pathogens or insects. Thus, for crops the term “pesticide” generally comprises three types of products: herbicide to control weeds, insecticides to control insects and fungicide to control plant diseases. “GMO” is short for “genetically modified organism,” so I... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 2/03/2014 4:34 pm
A: That's a very good question for me as a farmer who raises GM crops. If the market creates so much demand for something other than the GM corn and soybeans that I'm growing, then I'm sure farmers like me will choose to grow something else. But if you believe foods made with these crops aren't safe, then you have plenty of other options. Certified organic products are out there and are labeled so consumers can know they are buying foods raised under a certain set of rules for production.... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 11/06/2013 4:09 pm
A: In Brief: Fortunately, recent research has proved this worrying claim to be false.Even before these recent findings, there was a huge amount of scientific evidence showing that RNA eaten in food in the diet is very unlikely to ever reach a human gene and bring about gene silencing in the human body (summarised here by the Australian food safety regulator FSANZ http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/gmfood/Pages/Response-to-Heinemann-et-al-on-the-regulation-of-GM-crops-and-foods-developed-... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 10/02/2013 4:41 pm
A: Herbicide-tolerant crops have encouraged farmers to practice no-till farming. In conventional farming, the fields are plowed ("tilled") to control weeds.  Because of the superior weed control from GM crops, farmers now have to till much less often. This has led to improved soil health and water retention, reduced runoff, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. (National Academy of Sciences, Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States,... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 10/02/2013 4:41 pm
A: Herbicide-tolerant crops have encouraged farmers to practice no-till farming. In conventional farming, the fields are plowed ("tilled") to control weeds.  Because of the superior weed control from GM crops, farmers now have to till much less often. This has led to improved soil health and water retention, reduced runoff, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. (National Academy of Sciences, Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States,... Continue Reading