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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 12:51 am
A: Neonicotinoid insecticides represent an important advancement in agricultural technology that has helped American farmers increase productivity and improve cost competitiveness.Most scientists and bee experts agree that declining bee health is a result of multiple factors, including parasites, diseases, inadequate nutrition, weather and hive-management practices. Large, multifactorial studies conducted in Europe and North America show that poor bee health correlates well with the presence of... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 8/24/2013 2:23 pm
A: Q1: What is quantity of Cry1Ab toxin in one corn plant?  The short answer is, it depends on what specific corn variety or plant part is tested and the environment the plant was grown in, but in all cases, the levels of Cry1Ab are considered low enough to have a very low probability of causing any health risk upon ingestion by people or animals or to negatively impact other organisms, such as beneficial insects. The longer answer is that there are 47 different maize events (... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 12:49 am
A: The short answer to this question is no, there are no 30-plus year studies done on GM crops. The first plant transformation to produce a GM plant was reported in 1982. Before a GM plant can be approved by the USDA, its potential ecological impact must be fully evaluated. The question appears to be asking if full-spectrum ecological studies are done for every organism, and, by implication, every conceivable situation. It is simply impossible to test all organisms in all situations. Accordingly... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 12:49 am
A: The short answer to this question is no, there are no 30-plus year studies done on GM crops. The first plant transformation to produce a GM plant was reported in 1982. Before a GM plant can be approved by the USDA, its potential ecological impact must be fully evaluated. The question appears to be asking if full-spectrum ecological studies are done for every organism, and, by implication, every conceivable situation. It is simply impossible to test all organisms in all situations. Accordingly... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 4:53 pm
A: I am an organic farmer and have been since 1993. I am also a conventional farmer and have been growing biotech crops since 1998. No organic farmer has ever lost his certification due to inadvertent GMO presence in his crop. The federal National Organic Program (NOP) has stated that as long as the organic grower did not intentionally use “excluded methods”―e.g., GM seed is an excluded method in organic production―a grower will not lose his organic certification. So, unless an organic grower... Continue Reading