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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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 percent 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 GMOs.ISAAA summary of 49 peer-... 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. Although issues like food waste, distribution and politics play an important role in food deficiencies in the developing world, the truth is that our planet's population is increasing and our farmland is... Continue Reading
Q: Simple question for which I assume there should be a simple answer. There’s no definitive proof that GMOs aren’t harmful, but there is definitive proof that organics are not harmful. Is this true and if so why should anyone trust eating GMO's?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 4:17 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Friday, 8/16/2013 2:58 pm
A: There are many studies demonstrating the safety of GM food. There is a great website where you can find links to over 600 studies: GENERA project at Biofortified. Each has citations and, in many cases, the full text of the study. And here’s a link to a response about the rigorous testing procedures GM foods must go through before they are put on the market: How are GMO foods regulated? Farmers have the right to choose the types of seed that are best for their type of farming.... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:05 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF, Monday, 11/04/2013 5:02 pm
A: It is not true. There’s a lot of misinformation about GM crops on the Internet―including the idea that there are animal genes in tomatoes. While there have been laboratory experiments where a gene was introduced that was based on a gene from an animal (the one folks may be most familiar with is a flounder gene in tomatoes to see if it would make them more cold tolerant), none of our companies has commercial GM crops on the market that are genetically modified to... Continue Reading
No Studies were Found.