Monsanto

Ray Dobert

Biotech Regulatory Policy Lead, Monsanto Company

I’ve held a variety of roles in Monsanto’s biotech regulatory group since joining the company in 1998. Previously I worked at USDA-APHIS as a Biotechnologist reviewer and as the Coordinator of the Biotechnology Information Center based at the USDA’s National Agricultural Library. I received my Ph.D. in Agronomy-Crop Physiology and conducted my post-doctoral research in plant-microbe molecular genetics.

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Posted On: Friday, 3/07/2014 10:52 am
A: I have been around many folks who have eaten food derived from GMO crops since they were introduced in the mid-1990s, including my family, and I have not heard anyone comment on their tasting bad. (Now, brussels sprouts (which are not technically GMOs but did result from quite a bit of genetic modification) are a different matter—lots of complaints there.) From personal experience with eating a range of foods that are GMO (like Bt sweet corn right out of the field, virus-resistant papaya... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 12:58 am
A: Below are the links to the petitions for sweet corn that are posted on the USDA website.  USDA reviewed each of these petitions prior to deregulating these corn products and allowing seed companies to sell seed to U.S. farmers for planting. While FDA does not post these petitions online, the USDA petitions are excellent references because they contain nearly all of the same information and data (including the details on our testing methods) that were submitted to FDA as part of the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 3:36 am
A: Thanks for your question regarding potential long-term impacts of GM crops on the environment.  We are getting close to having 20 years of commercial experience with the first GM crops, and to date there have not been any notable negative environmental impacts associated with these products. GM crops have been integrated into existing agricultural systems and, in many instances, have prompted a reduction in the impacts that agriculture can have on the environment. For additional... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 5:23 pm
A: No, none of our products have ever contained genes encoding for anti-sperm antibodies.  To answer your specific question about Epicyte: we did not have any agreements with Epicyte or Biolex Therapeutics (the company that acquired Epicyte in 2004) to conduct joint research or develop products.  Claims that Monsanto was involved in the research or development of food crops containing antibodies that kill or block sperm are incorrect. 
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 2:39 pm
A: No, none of our products has ever contained gene encoding for anti-sperm antibodies.  To answer your specific question about Epicyte: we did not have any agreements with Epicyte or Biolex Therapeutics (the company that acquired Epicyte in 2004) to conduct joint research or develop products.  Claims that Monsanto was involved in the research or development of food crops containing antibodies that kill or block sperm are incorrect. 
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