I have been with BASF for 12 years working in agriculture both here in the USA and worldwide. Prior to that, I worked for DuPont for 13 years in a variety of marketing and communication positions in several different businesses. I was an urban kid, not growing up on a farm, but have loved my time working with farmers and researchers in order to tell the story about agriculture and how it feeds the world.
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Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 9:43 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Thursday, 8/15/2013 2:41 pm
A: Nature is the master of genetic shuffling and is constantly sorting and resorting DNA, causing both subtle and profound changes in all living things. People first began their own DNA management thousands of years ago, when they began crossbreeding plants to produce better foods or fiber. In 1953, scientists discovered the structure of DNA, and in 1973, researchers developed a method for cutting and splicing DNA. That method became known as recombinant DNA, or rDNA, because it enabled... Continue Reading
Q: Where is the website that has non-industry people answering the questions? Like maybe one with independent scientists and/or health professionals who DON'T have a connection to the biotechnology industry. Because that's where I'd...
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 5:16 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Monday, 11/04/2013 12:06 pm
A: You found it! We’ve been working with about 50 independent experts who have volunteered to answer questions. None of the independent experts contributing to this site are compensated for their answers. It’s purely voluntarily. Check out a few great independent expert responses: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-was-reading-article-and-it-states-free-inquiry-limited-because-patent-protection-gmohttp://gmoanswers.com/ask/have-you-reviewed-study-showing-gmos-caused-cancer-lab-ratshttp://... Continue Reading
Q: Is there animal DNA in GM foods? If so which ones? Please answer, I'm a vegetarian, and when I heard this I nearly got sick from the thought. Please answer. Thank you.
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:55 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Monday, 11/04/2013 10:09 pm
A: I am sorry that you were concerned. There is certainly quite a bit of misinformation about GM crops on the Internet that is designed to mislead and scare consumers. There are no commercial GM crops on the market that contain animal genes. It should be noted that plant scientists who study the genomes of plants have estimated that about 60% of the genes present in plants have very similar copies in animals. This is not surprising, since all organisms use the same genetic... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 2:52 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Monday, 10/07/2013 3:47 pm
A: No. GMOs are helping farmers produce a more abundant food supply on less land with fewer inputs. More information about the evolution of crop improvement is available in our explore the basics section. You may also be interested in the following resources : Sense About Science, an independent trust in the UK that works with over 5,000 scientists to help the public make sense of claims about scientific evidence. In this article they talk about GM: http://www.... Continue Reading
Q: Why do we need GMO's today for agriculture when farmers in the past were able to feed the US without them. The west was plowed under creating the dustbowl but we as a "country" changed farming practices to avoid another dustbowl. So...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 9:29 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Thursday, 9/05/2013 12:35 pm
A: Figuring out how to feed more people with the same land resources while protecting the environment is a global reality. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that by 2050 we will need to increase food production by 100 percent to have enough to feed the world. (http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/wsfs/docs/Issues_papers/HLEF2050_Global_Agriculture.pdf ) Although issues like food waste, distribution and politics play an important role in food... Continue Reading
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