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Q: It is my understanding as a graduate student in molecular anthropology that we consider anything that has been domesticated as a GMO, because domestication is one of the earliest forms of genetic engineering. I was wondering whenever I hear GMOs...
Posted On: Saturday, 7/12/2014 8:10 pm
Answered By: Dennis Gray, Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Florida on Friday, 8/01/2014 10:52 am
A: I agree that it has essentially has been a lapse on scientists’ part not to express this “truth” whenever appropriate. I believe that allowing the definition of “GMO” to be limited to the use of modern scientific technologies has, over time, caused its placement within the context of genetic improvement to be lost. Especially for non-specialists, there seems to be a tendency to not understand that all foodstuff contain DNA and with no to few exceptions, were and are deliberately modified by... Continue Reading
Q: Where can I find a Peer Reviewed Double Blind Placebo Controlled Study that has been published that has NOT been done by anyone affiliated with Monsanto or any other company with a crap load of money can pay for to have the outcome they want to have...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:09 am
Answered By: John Vicini, Ph.D., Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto Company on Friday, 7/25/2014 1:29 pm
A: You won’t find one if you are talking about a randomized, blind, controlled clinical study with human subjects to establish the safety of GM crops. This model is not used to establish food safety. There are several studies of nutritionally altered GM crops with expected biological effect. These were paid for by Monsanto, and I will talk below about why these were conducted. In general, a question on human studies was answered on this site previously, but please allow me to explain the... Continue Reading
Q: Ive heard that some organic farmers would really like to be able to use biotech, and actually are appreciative of being able to benefit from a neighboring farms insect resistance, for example it helps their own field have less insects, too. Is that...
Posted On: Monday, 12/09/2013 9:42 pm
Answered By: William Moar, Ph.D., Corn Insect Resistant Management Lead, Monsanto Company on Friday, 7/25/2014 1:21 pm
A: It is not surprising that some organic farmers would like to be able to use biotech. There is a push by some academics for biotech to be part of the “green revolution,” including organics. After all, biotech, such as Bt crops, is a form of host-plant resistance, similar to traditional breeding for insect control. Moreover, Bt has been used in agriculture for over 50 years and is widely used in certified organic agriculture. So the scenario stated above, wherein an organic farmer benefits from... Continue Reading
Q: Im not a farmer but would like to know how I can obtainpurchase BT cotton seeds. I read in an organic newsletter that if you surround your home garden with the BT cotton plants that it would keep bugs away without having to apply any pesticides to...
Posted On: Sunday, 5/04/2014 4:17 pm
Answered By: William Moar, Ph.D., Corn Insect Resistant Management Lead, Monsanto Company on Friday, 7/25/2014 1:20 pm
A: Bt cotton is cotton that also expresses one or more Bt proteins (protein genes isolated from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis) that are toxic to certain caterpillars when those caterpillars feed on cotton tissues; they have no observable toxicity to insects that are not caterpillars (moths and butterflies). Bt cotton has revolutionized cotton production because many of the primary insect pests of cotton are caterpillars, and therefore the Bt in Bt cotton controls these caterpillar pests so... Continue Reading
Q: Are antibiotic resistance genes removed from GMOs? If so, how is this achieved? If not, are these marker genes tested for safety?
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/22/2014 11:16 am
Answered By: Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:10 pm
A: Antibiotic resistance genes are used in some GMOs to identify plants where the added DNA has been successfully incorporated. While this idea could understandably lead to questions -- Antibiotic resistance genes in my food? -- multiple safety reviews conducted by regulatory agencies around the world have confirmed that the presence of an antibiotic resistance gene does not pose any unique safety concerns.One of the first steps associated with GMO development is identifying the plants that... Continue Reading