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Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:07 pm
Answered By: Judy (Qinfang) Wang, Senior Manager, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory on Tuesday, 12/03/2013 5:21 pm
A: I’m not aware that China has destroyed GMO crops for safety reasons as you imply, but there have been isolated reports of U.S. commodity shipments being reviewed by Chinese authorities for questions about paperwork and approvals. However, this handful of incidents is a very small part of the amount of grain that China imports from the United States (and other countries that grow GM crops) each year. China is the number one customer for U.S. soybeans, purchasing 791 million bushels in 2012/2013... Continue Reading
Q: What collateral damage can occur from the process of inserting the foreign gene into the seed during genetic modification?
Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 7:31 pm
Answered By: Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program on Tuesday, 12/03/2013 1:49 pm
A: Thanks to the genomics revolution and new molecular tools, such as “genome editing”, very specific genetic changes can be easily made to plant genomes, from single nucleotide changes to the insertion or deletion of whole genes (Cressey, 2013; Li, 2013). Genomic changes or “events” moving forward for potential commercialization are well-characterized, from the molecular level through to the performance of the whole organism. Thanks to the relative ease and affordability of DNA sequencing, plant... Continue Reading
Q: http://gizmodo.com/the-original-genetically-modified-tomato-youll-never-e-559924439 "But where Calgene explicitly labeled their altered tomatoes, Monsanto took over huge markets of staple crops without marking any of their products as...
Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 10:58 pm
Answered By: Peter J. Davies, Professor of Plant Physiology and International Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca New York, USA on Tuesday, 12/03/2013 1:07 pm
A: Flavr-Savr tomatoes were developed to have a delayed over-ripening property so that they remained fresh in the retail trade for a longer period of time. They have not been available since the 1990’s. A blackening of the insides of tomato fruit is most likely blossom-end-rot occasioned by a deficiency of calcium during fruit development. When available, Flavr-Savr tomatoes were voluntarily labeled to inform consumers of the unique product benefits.
Q: If GMOs are so safe, why do are there so many governments (ones where there aren't any Monsanto employees in the gov't) Ban GMOs?
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 11:32 pm
Answered By: Greg Wandrey, Ph.D., Director, Stewardship and Compliance: DuPont Pioneer on Monday, 12/02/2013 9:02 pm
A: There have been a lot of questions posted to this site about the number of countries that ban GM crops. In fact, the number of countries that don’t allow the cultivation of biotech crops is small. In many cases, the country simply lacks a regulatory framework and the means to develop and implement one. In 2012, GM crops were approved for farmers to cultivate in 28 countries, but a total of 74 countries have approved either the cultivation of, or import of food and feed from, GM crops.... Continue Reading
Q: How did the biotech industry decide that ‘90-days’ would be the norm, or the standard time-frame for testing? And how does that fit in with the universally accepted understanding that disease and pathology often takes many months, sometimes years...
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/27/2013 11:03 pm
Answered By: Harold E. Cohen, R.Ph., B.S., B.Ph., Licensed Pharmacist and SVP, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. Pharmacist on Monday, 12/02/2013 9:01 pm
A: As with any trial and error testing, there must of course be a starting point and an endpoint where data can be accumulated and tested. While there is nothing in the literature citing specifically why 90 days has been established as a testing period, as in any testing protocol a baseline must be established and data collected over a period of time. This generally results in changes over a period of time during the testing period. But at some point there the law of diminishing returns sets in... Continue Reading