Bayer CropScience

Ann Blacker, PhD, DABT

Regulatory Toxicology, Bayer CropScience LP

Ann Blacker has 30 years of experience working as a toxicologist in the pesticide industry. Over the years, she has been responsible for assessing the potential toxicity hazards and human health risks of various products and has been involved in the development of innovative products for crop protection. She has a PhD in toxicology from the University of Michigan, is a member of the Society of Toxicology, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology.

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Posted On: Friday, 8/16/2013 8:00 am
A: Although this question does not concern growing genetically modified crops, the health benefits of organically versus conventionally grown food is debated in both the popular press and scientific literature.  To date, there is no consistent evidence supporting the notion that organic foods are healthier than those derived from conventional cultivation methods.  Multiple studies for various food groups (i.e. cereals, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and oils, breads, and milk and... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 2:43 pm
A: This is a very broad question with no simple answer as causes of many diseases are multi-factorial.  As this question is posted on the  website, we assume you are asking about a causal relationship between disease and GM crops.  Available evidence indicates that GM crops are no different from non-GM crops of the same species with regard to safety for the traits currently approved and on the market. More specific information on the potential impact of GMO... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 10:16 pm
A: The use of pesticides, whether applied to conventional or genetically modified crops, is strictly regulated in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Before a pesticide is registered by EPA for any type of application, EPA requires that an extensive list of data requirements be fulfilled.  These requirements include, but are not limited to, evaluations to determine the fate of the pesticide in the environment, metabolism of the pesticide in representative crops, and... Continue Reading
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