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  • Matthew Carroll's picture
    Matthew Carroll
    As an entomologist, I’ve researched and studied the use of biotech traits in crops such as corn for years. I agree that science cannot predict all potential consequences or control evolution. When we launch a product with an insect control trait, we work with statisticians, modelers and U.S. Regulatory agencies, like U.S. EPA, to minimize risk and develop strategies that promote product durability and reduce resistance development in insect pests. However, we always assume that resistance can and will eventually happen. That is a challenge that all insect resistance management strategies face – including cultural practices such as rotating corn and soybean crops. (Please visit our web site if you are interested in learning more about Monsanto’s commitment to stewarding corn rootworm-protected products: http://www.monsanto.com/cornrootworm.)

    Second, I want to address your question about safety. A corn plant with a GM trait for insect resistance is compositionally and nutritionally equivalent to the same corn hybrid without a GM trait. We conduct years of studies not only to assess the safety of eating the corn, but the safety of the plant in the environment. The testing process is extremely robust, and we are proud of the safety record of GM crops. There are several other questions and responses on the site that answer your question about safety testing. I recommend checking out the following responses if you are interested in learning more:

    - http://gmoanswers.com/ask/how-can-you-be-sure-gmo-foods-wont-affect-human-health-long-term
    - http://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-know-there-havent-been-definitive-studies-conclude-gmos-can-do-harm-ones-body-have-there-been
  • ktotels's picture
    Don't believe the hype! Monsanto's "sound science" cannot predict consequences or control evolution. http://www.newsweek.com/worm-now-thrives-gmo-corn-designed-kill-it-study-says-232276

    17 years is a drop in the bucket compared to thousands of years of evolution. They cannot really know what will happen by releasing an unnatural life-form into the environment. Also, do these so called studies actually study the product that is released to the market, i.e after being saturated with pesticides?
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