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  • Seeking.the.Truth's picture
    Seeking.the.Truth
    08.10.2013
    Who wrote this? Was it a moderator?

    "The purpose of this community is to answer questions about GMOs and biotechnology. If you are not here to ask questions and have a dialogue – which focuses on the facts – this site may not be for you."

    "If you are not here to ask questions that MONSANTO doesn't approve of and have a dialogue - which focuses on the "facts" as stated by GMO giant, MONSANTO - this site may not be for you."

  • Seeking.the.Truth's picture
    Seeking.the.Truth
    08.10.2013
    "From a broader perspective, GM technology has the potential to actually increase crop diversity by enhancing underutilized alternative crops, and facilitate more broad spread production of heirloom varieties that have fallen out of favor because of their poor agronomic performance, pest/disease susceptibility less adaptability and other undesirable characteristics. Advantageous genes can render them more suitable for widespread commercialization"

    Once a seed is genetically modified, it is no longer an heirloom variety. Honestly, please do not insult our intelligence here.
  • average man in the country's picture
    average man in the country
    08.07.2013
    Save my food,
    Have you ever seen a rape field?
    Rape is the bright yellow mustard flower that grows about 4 feet tall, thick, interlocked and once canopied, virtually without weeds. Canola was bred from rape.
    No doubt the study was able to make a statistical comparison, but 50% of almost nothing is 50% of almost nothing.
    The last comparable study I saw analyzed roundup ready versus conventional sugar beets, claiming that the post harvest habitat was less suitable for pheasants due to the reduction in weeds. I won't grow sugar beets because harvest tills the entire field. There are not plants (or weeds) post harvest. It is not feed or cover for wildlife.
  • Paulina Buncic Lewis's picture
    Paulina Buncic Lewis
    08.06.2013
    GMO soy, corn, and cotton crops in Brazil, along with non-GMO crops such as tomatoes, beans, and sorghum, are being devoured by voracious caterpillars that were not a problem prior to the use of genetically modified seeds. Brazilian farmers are facing huge losses (now totaling ten billion REAL’s, the national currency) as a plague of the caterpillar pests—called Helicoverpa armigera or the “corn ear worm”— are devastating fields. The insect’s natural predator, another variety of caterpillar with cannibalistic tendencies called Spodoptera, was intentionally eliminated as a result of the cultivation of transgenic maize engineered with Bt toxin, designed to kill off the primary species. Unfortunately, 90% of the secondary caterpillar species proved immune to the pesticide, allowing it to multiply unchecked and to eat to its heart’s content in the absence of natural enemies.
    At a recent conference specifically dedicated to Helicoverpa armigera, conducted by Brazil’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, scientists, farmers, students, and government officials gathered to discuss the problem and propose control measures. Declaring the infestation a “phytosanitary emergency to cotton and soybean crops,” a working group was formed to sketch out a disaster plan in an effort to reverse the caterpillar’s impact. A method of attacking its reproductive cycle is being considered…and so mankind’s tampering with nature continues, no doubt with even more unpredictable consequences on the horizon.
  • SaveMyFood's picture
    SaveMyFood
    08.06.2013
    "Oilseed rape (HT varieties, tolerant to glufosinate
    ammonium or glyphosate). Adverse impacts occurred
    where a) the herbicides used in HT cropping caused
    a systematic depletion of the weed flora and dependent
    invertebrates, resulting in reductions in biodiversity
    within fields..."

    A decade of EU-funded GMO research.

    Biodiversity is not limited to the crop in question. This should include the impact on bugs, other plant life... let's throw bees in there as well.
  • Community Manager's picture
    Community Manager
    08.06.2013
    @horseballs Please post comments which directly relate to the question and provided answer. Sticking to the subject makes conversational threads easier for others to follow. If you feel as if your comment might deserve its own conversational thread, please post it as a new question. Thank you.
  • Cornlover's picture
    Cornlover
    08.05.2013
    horseballs why don't you inform us of the facts.
  • horseballs's picture
    horseballs
    08.05.2013
    "The purpose of this community is to answer questions about GMOs and biotechnology. If you are not here to ask questions and have a dialogue – which focuses on the facts – this site may not be for you."

    You seem to have forgotten that we all know this website is a MONSANTO community here to answer questions about MONSANTO'S view on GMOs and MONSANTO'S views on biotechnology.

    "If you are not here to ask questions that MONSANTO doesn't approve of and have a dialogue - which focuses on the "facts" as stated by GMO giant, MONSANTO - this site may not be for you."

    You're right, this website is not for me --- it's literally run by MONSANTO. Does anyone here not see that as a raging conflict of interest?
  • horseballs's picture
    horseballs
    08.05.2013
    GMOS increase the biodiversity of superweeds.

    I find this site hilarious, as they use a few "scientists" that have been generously compensated. Meanwhile, the majority of the scientific community disagrees with this "independent" website, supposedly here to provide people with the "facts."

    Corporations like Monsanto are going to continue to run into problems, because this isn't the dark ages any more. People are more informed than ever, solely because it's become nearly impossible to hide the truth --- ironically, this is due to the existence of the internet.

    You're gonna lose.
  • Community Manager's picture
    Community Manager
    08.04.2013
    Thanks for your question, @Tessa Cunningham. We have an answer pending related to GMOs and bees, we will share the response when available.
  • Tessa Cunningham's picture
    Tessa Cunningham
    08.04.2013
    What if anything are you doing to help the Bees, a recent study found it's a combination of pesticides and fungicides that help in collapse of colonies.
  • Tessa Cunningham's picture
    Tessa Cunningham
    08.04.2013
    What we are all forgetting is it's now just monSatan that is a help at killing our planet it is also Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, BASF and the rest like them.
  • Tessa Cunningham's picture
    Tessa Cunningham
    08.04.2013
    What are you doing to protect the bee?
    http://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/
  • angela's picture
    angela
    08.04.2013
    wow such vague and one sided answers and questions. If your GMO crop are so great why are so many farmers taking Monsanto to court???
  • Paul Fonder Fonder's picture
    Paul Fonder
    08.04.2013
    It's one thing to say mono farming & GMOs do n't effect biodiversity in a science lab but in the real world growing these crops on millions of acres you might start seeing their effects on biodiversity!
  • Iain Young's picture
    Iain Young
    08.03.2013
    The planting of mono crops in itself may not present problems in the short term but when the pollen of GMO plants is airborne it contaminates non GMO crops and renders diversity a lethal blow. Once the GMO gene (genie) is out of the bottle our crop diversity is lost forever.
  • Community Manager's picture
    Community Manager
    08.03.2013
    @NeedsTheTruth The purpose of this community is to answer questions about GMOs and biotechnology. If you are not here to ask questions and have a dialogue – which focuses on the facts – this site may not be for you. Please be respectful of the other members of this community. Review our house rules for more information about the forum is moderated http://gmoanswers.com/house-rules
  • Rickinreallife's picture
    Rickinreallife
    08.03.2013
    It was a good answer. I've thought some of the answers here have been less than satisfying, but this one was well reasoned, thorough and rational. That's not to say that there aren't counterarguments, but the standard shill accusation isn't one.
  • NeedsTheTruth's picture
    NeedsTheTruth
    08.03.2013
    lol rickinreallife try to be a little more creative, and sound less like a monsanto rep thanx
  • NeedsTheTruth's picture
    NeedsTheTruth
    08.03.2013
    bottom line, your chemical causes death, disease, suffering, and has unimaginable consequences. This is not the country our forefathers envisioned
  • Rickinreallife's picture
    Rickinreallife
    08.02.2013
    This is perhaps the best answer I have seen so far. Thank you for such a thoughtful analysis. If you can bring back the Rushmore tomato variety with enhancements to resist fusarium wilt, I'll be the first in line.
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