Ask Us Anything About GMOs!
Browse all Questions & Answers
Q: Hi, whats the difference between God Made/given food vs Human made food such as GMO type food? plus i agree that all food should be graded and labeled.
Posted On: Sunday, 10/13/2013 8:50 am
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Monday, 1/27/2014 9:00 am
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida, has created a video response to your question. Please view the video here: . A transcript of the video is included below: Well, thank you for the question. This is a really interesting one to me because I’m really interested crop domestication. How did the wild weeds that were dotted all over the globe turn into elite foods that have tremendous nutritional... Continue Reading
Q: Please explain the difference between GMO and cross breeding, or cross pollination and how prevalent genetic modification is?
Posted On: Wednesday, 9/25/2013 4:42 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Monday, 1/27/2014 8:41 am
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida, has created a video response to your question. Please view the video here: A transcript of the video is included below: So what are the big differences between GMO technology, cross-breeding and simple cross-pollination? Let’s start with the last one. Cross-pollination is simply a process where two sexually compatible plants happen to cross by virtue of pollen, which... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 10:48 am
Answered By: Sarah Lukie, Managing Director, Regulatory and Multilateral Affairs, Plant Biotechnology at CropLife International on Tuesday, 1/14/2014 5:00 pm
A: Within the context of biotech crops, adventitious presence or AP occurs when trace amounts of an agricultural biotech product that has not been approved for commercial use (e.g., research events, field trial escapes) by any competent government authority, but is found in the commercial crop or food supply despite best agricultural and manufacturing practices. In the context of agricultural biotechnology, a similar concept of low level presence or LLP is defined as the unintentional, low... Continue Reading
Q: My question pertains to the genetic modification of Roundup Ready soybeans. How is it that this process occurs? Id like to know the specific steps used from the targeting of specific genes at the start to the finished product. Thank you
Posted On: Tuesday, 11/05/2013 12:31 am
Answered By: Keith Reding, Ph.D., Biotech Regulatory Policy Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 12/20/2013 3:11 pm
A: The basic steps are as follows: Identify a gene that will provide resistance to the herbicide.Based on the sequence of the resistant gene, make a DNA expression cassette that contains a promoter to turn on the gene, the resistant gene, and a sequence to stop gene transcription. Transform the plant in tissue culture to incorporate the resistant geneScreen for plants that have successfully incorporated the resistant gene and are tolerant to glyphosate.A very good detailed description... Continue Reading
Q: Are these scientists all wrong, there are over 800 scientists who all believe GMOs are a bad idea. http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.phpHow many scientist believe that GMOs are good and do all of these scientist work for big agro corporations?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:33 am
Answered By: David Tribe Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Agriculture and Food Systems/Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:40 pm
A: Scientific arguments are not settled by counting the number of people supporting an opinion. They start with a careful search for scientifically valid evidence, and they carry this forward with open-minded and careful logical reasoning and false conclusions are eliminated from the discussion. Good scientific reasoning also takes notice of the whole body of evidence on a topic, and updates the verdict as new evidence becomes available. The I-SIS website mentioned in the question has a... Continue Reading