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Q: What efforts are being performed towards the reduction of the negative effects of genetic pollution and resultant loss of genetic biodiversity due to cross pollination of GMO's with those of non-GMO crops?EX: Contamination of indigenous Mexican...
Posted On: Saturday, 10/19/2013 4:14 pm
Answered By: Juan Manuel de la Fuente Martínez, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs, Monsanto Latin America North, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 2/24/2015 11:44 am
A: Thank you for your message; there are important topics in your question that I´ll address individually. First, I want to share with you important information about the reproductive biology of maize. Maize is a natural cross-pollinated crop and it is expected to outcross with sexually compatible plants in its proximity assuming certain environmental conditions are met (e.g. wind, temperature and relative humidity). Gene flow among different maize materials is neither a... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 1/20/2015 2:40 pm
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 2/24/2015 10:20 am
A: I have been fascinated by this issue since my days in undergraduate statistical genetics. I assume you want to know about what occurs ‘in the wild’ and the most well-known example is viruses moving DNA to their host cells. But you are probably interested in non-viral transfer. There are specialized situations in which genetic exchange can, and have, occurred among higher organisms (plants); primarily related to close symbiotic relationships. Genomic studies have found a... Continue Reading
Q: When will Monsantos patent of seeds expire? Why is it a good idea to destroy the multiplicity of species and take nature as your property? What if people in Africa cannot afford your royalty? Will they die of hunger?
Posted On: Thursday, 12/18/2014 4:32 am
Answered By: Chelsey Robinson, Global Preparedness Content Manager, Monsanto Company on Tuesday, 2/24/2015 10:18 am
A: It seems you have several concerns. I’ll answer them individually. When will Monsanto’s patent of seeds expire? Monsanto currently has patents for a variety of technologies, including plants, chemicals, processes and machines. Patents generally last either 17 years from issuance (if filed before 1995) or 20 years from filing (if filed after 1995). Exact expiration of any technology depends on the date of filing. Why is it a good idea to destroy the... Continue Reading
Q: Monsanto and other biotech companies claim that they allow independent researchers and universities to publish studies concerning the yield and effectiveness of their products, even if the company does not agree with the researchers conclusions. Is...
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/05/2014 7:16 pm
Answered By: Chelsey Robinson, Global Preparedness Content Manager, Monsanto Company on Monday, 2/23/2015 4:11 pm
A: Each year, Monsanto provides Academic Research Licenses (ARL) to more than 90 academic institutions in the United States alone. The research associated with these ARLs is not typically funded and does not require our approval for the researcher to publish their work. As a result, our products have been mentioned in hundreds of extension and peer-reviewed publications through the years without our monitoring. And, due to the sheer volume of these ARLs, it is neither practical nor possible for... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 2/06/2014 6:46 pm
Answered By: Yvonne Badke, Senior Biometrician, Breeding Research Group, Breeding and Trait Development Unit, Bayer CropScience on Thursday, 2/19/2015 4:06 pm
A: In general, the benefits of genetically modified (GM) animals are very similar to those cited for GM plants, which includes inserting genes to produce a GM animal in a more efficient way or enhance the function of the animal. For the advantages and the process in plants, please refer to this basic introduction. Genetic modifications in animals have been researched since the early 1990s. FDA is currently reviewing the first GM animal product. No GM food animal or... Continue Reading