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Q: Why is your web site setup so that all the questions appear in the vertically elongated font in orange, while your expert answers appear in normal black? I find it hard to read the questions, especially it is long. Is it your intention to associate...
Posted On: Sunday, 9/22/2013 12:09 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:24 pm
A: hanks for sharing your feedback. In fact, we continue to change the look and feel of the site in response to feedback. There’s no hidden agenda with font and color choice. The purpose of this community is to create a place to answer your questions about GMOs and biotechnology, and our goal is to make information about biotechnology in agriculture easier for you to access and evaluate. More information is available here: http://gmoanswers.com/about. We will keep your feedback in mind... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 9:57 pm
Answered By: Rod Herman, Science Advisor, Biotechnology Regulatory Sciences Group, Regulatory Science and Government Affairs Department, Dow AgroSciences on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:21 pm
A: Corn has been grown by humans for approximately 10,000 years and its genetics have been heavily modified through breeding and mutation to improve its utility as a crop over this very long period. The modern technique of transgenesis has been used to further improve the agronomic characteristics of corn over the last two decades. Transgenesis has become synonymous with the term “genetically modified” (GM) over this time period, but it is really a misnomer. So all corn on the planet... Continue Reading
Q: If GMOs are so safe, why does much evidence show that their introduction into the marketplace is concurrent with the rise of Leaky Gut Syndrome in the US? Monsanto claims that Bt sweet corn is made to rupture the stomach of any "pests"...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 1:44 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:16 pm
A: Kevin Folta posted a response to a similar question which addresses the impact of Bt on pests, the response is available here:http://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-have-read-several-articles-and-watched-alarming-utube-video-blame-gmos-many-gi-problems-people. From Kevin’s post: “The anti-pest protein (we'll call it Bt from now on) does not make "stomachs explode" in any critter. That's a little hyperbole. Bt is natural and used in organic farming as a pesticide. In... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 1:18 pm
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:15 pm
A: I’ve heard and read the claim that genetically modified crops have led to increased use of pesticides. This hasn’t squared with my own experience, so I checked with a few neighbors and family members, still on and around the family farm where I grew up. These are farmers who are 100% GM – herbicide tolerant corn and soybeans, and insect control traits for both corn rootworm and corn borer in many of the corn hybrids they plant. And for either crop, pesticide use has been... Continue Reading
Q: Are GMOs tested beyond 90 days by the agro companies? Meaning, do you report data on test conducted beyond 90 days?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:34 am
Answered By: Bryan Delaney, Ph.D., Research Fellow, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:13 pm
A: We conduct 90-day rat feeding studies on new biotech traits, which is consistent with the duration of safety studies conducted for many types of products. It’s important to note that that this type of study is one component of the comprehensive testing that we conduct. The biotech process from initial concept to commercialization can take up to 13 years – more than 50 studies on food, feed, and environmental safety are conducted in the regulatory science phase of the process alone. ... Continue Reading