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Q: Ive heard quite a few stories about antigmo activists destroying plants that researchers are growing, and how they just as often destroy nongm crops as they do gm ones. Is there any way to distinguish between plants that have been modified by...
Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 6:19 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 4/18/2014 7:22 pm
A: You can read about vandalism of GM crops in this post by Karl Haro von Mogel on Biofortified.org. GM and non-GM crops look the same. According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, “[t]o the naked eye, the white puffs of cotton growing on shrubs, the yellow flowers on canola plants and the towering tassels on cornstalks look just like those on any other plants.” If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of methods used to develop... Continue Reading
Q: As a facebook user,anti-gmo groups & info are all over the place. I tried to find a pro-gmo group to "like" & cannot find one. Fortunately, I understand the need for gmo's but so many people are full of anxiety, worry, &...
Posted On: Thursday, 9/26/2013 11:25 pm
Answered By: Keith Reding, Ph.D., Biotech Regulatory Policy Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 4/18/2014 1:35 pm
A: Based on your question, it seems that you are skeptical about the intentions and awareness of those of us who have dedicated our lives to researching and developing GM crops. I’d like to address your question based on my personal experience. I grew up in southeastern Arkansas, in a small farming town named Dumas, where my grandfather, uncles and cousins were and still are farmers. I worked in the cotton fields every summer, scouting for insect pests so farmers knew when to apply... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 3/12/2014 1:38 pm
Answered By: Mary Mertz, Farmer on Friday, 4/11/2014 6:10 pm
A: Your question could be answered in various ways depending upon how one interprets it. We use GM seeds for growing both corn and soybeans here on our farm. The benefits of biotech seeds include the reality that we now are using less pesticides and other chemicals on our crops, as well as the fact that it allows us to use less tillage (break-up) of the soil. This means less land erosion, a very good plus for the environment. In my opinion, the biggest problem with the seeds is... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 3/25/2014 4:00 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Monday, 3/31/2014 10:36 pm
A: This is an important question, and a common one on GMO Answers. There are several uses for GMOs, and we would like to share a few of them with you. You might be interested in this video about the rainbow papaya and how GMO technology helped save the Hawaiian papaya industry.Also, the graphic below details what GM traits are used in crops in the United States, including herbicide tolerance, disease resistance and insect resistance. If you have any additional questions, please... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 3/25/2014 3:49 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Monday, 3/31/2014 10:31 pm
A: This is a great question, and we want to start by sharing information about how GM seeds came to be used in agriculture. Farmers have intentionally changed the genetic makeup of all the crops they have grown and the livestock they have raised since domestic agriculture began 10,000 years ago. Every fruit, vegetable and grain that is commercially available today has been altered by human hands, including organic and heirloom seeds.In the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled us... Continue Reading