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Q: A scientist Bob Kremer has documented some detrimental effects f glyhosate on soil when used in the Roundup Ready system suppression of rhizobia, proliferation of certain fungi on root surfaces of crops..., which can sow the absorption of certain...
Posted On: Friday, 1/03/2014 9:28 am
Answered By: Kristin Huizinga, PhD, Plant & Soil Microbiology Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 9:59 pm
A: Glyphosate herbicide enables farmers to use no-till practices, which have been shown to benefit soil health and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Much of the benefit to soil health is mediated by microbial communities. Many studies have investigated the effect of glyphosate and Roundup Ready (RR) crops on these microbial communities, including rhizobia and fungi. First, I’ll address the findings on rhizobia, which are important members of the microbial soil... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 7:27 pm
Answered By: Kelly Clauss, Corporate Preparedness and Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 8:39 pm
A: This is a popular myth, but it is just that and therefore not true. Monsanto has not banned, nor does it have any intention to ban, GMOs from its campus in St. Louis. Our employees are served foods that contain ingredients from GM crops in our cafeteria every day. In fact, every summer the St. Louis campus offers a farmers’ market to showcase some of our customers’ produce, which includes GM sweet corn, and make it available to our employees and their families. There are more responses... Continue Reading
Q: It would improve us doubters' confidence if you would allow truly independent labs (not associated with, supported or controlled by biotech companies) to conduct long term tests on the impact of glyphosate, pesticide-producing plants and other...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:04 pm
Answered By: Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 8:37 pm
A: You are not alone in your concerns, and it is not surprising that you are skeptical of some scientific results, as there have been some high-profile examples of fraudulent research in the recent past. This leaves people asking what studies to trust, and the simple answer is that this is not a simple thing to evaluate.The belief that biotech companies limit or control research with their products is common but not based on facts. Testing done by biotech companies’ technology developers has... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 6/26/2014 9:55 pm
Answered By: Layla Parker-Katiraee, Senior Scientist in Product Development, California biotech company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 8:24 pm
A: Moderator Note: Below is an excerpt from the article, “Vermont pro-GMO labeling groups play Monsanto ‘fear card’ in deceptive fund-raising effort” originally posted at Genetic Literacy Project. "You may have read recent posts on activist blogs about how 'Mighty Monsanto' is taking the 'tiny state of Vermont' to court over its labeling laws. 'Monsanto Sues Vermont,' screamed one headline. According to the Organic Consumers Association, 'Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association... Continue Reading
Q: Have GMO crops been modified in order that the plants are resistant to poisonous pesticides being sprayed on them? And how exactly is this resistance bred?
Posted On: Tuesday, 6/03/2014 4:38 pm
Answered By: Xiaohua Yang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University on Thursday, 8/21/2014 8:19 pm
A: Thank you very much for your question. I assume your use of the word “pesticide” is in its most common sense, which means it can be any type of plant-protection product that shields plants from damaging influences from weeds, pathogens or insects. Thus, for crops the term “pesticide” generally comprises three types of products: herbicide to control weeds, insecticides to control insects and fungicide to control plant diseases. “GMO” is short for “genetically modified organism,” so I... Continue Reading