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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 2:40 pm
Answered By: Brandon Hunnicutt, Farmer on Thursday, 8/15/2013 3:31 pm
A: Great question. Let me start with a few definitions. Biotech - GM seeds can use traditional breeding techniques but also use genetic engineering resulting in a seed that has a specific gene of known function from another plant or organism. Hybrid - Hybridization is a traditional breeding technique where, commonly in plants, the pollen from one plant is used to fertilize another related or unrelated plant species. “Hybrids” are the offspring of such a cross. In... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 9:43 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF on Thursday, 8/15/2013 2:41 pm
A: Nature is the master of genetic shuffling and is constantly sorting and resorting DNA, causing both subtle and profound changes in all living things. People first began their own DNA management thousands of years ago, when they began crossbreeding plants to produce better foods or fiber. In 1953, scientists discovered the structure of DNA, and in 1973, researchers developed a method for cutting and splicing DNA. That method became known as recombinant DNA, or rDNA, because it enabled... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 5:41 pm
Answered By: David Sousa, Public Affairs Manager, Dow AgroSciences on Wednesday, 8/14/2013 4:13 pm
A: There are only eight commercially available GM crops in the United States (see http://gmoanswers.com/explore). Humans, over our history, have altered our crops for taste, yield, disease resistance, or, in this case, to have fewer seeds. (For a general overview of seedless fruit production see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seedless_fruit.) Thanks for your question.
Q: I learned from practical experience that, in order to get a job with Monsanto, or do any research that is supported by Monsanto, or even to publish research on Monsanto seeds, that all of my work would have to be approved by Monsanto. This makes it...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 9:46 pm
Answered By: Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 8/09/2013 8:13 pm
A: The research scientists employed by Monsanto work in teams focused on creating solutions that are core to improving agricultural productivity and sustainability. Of course, the specific research projects that we work on are agreed to by management teams throughout the organization. However, as employees, we are encouraged to publish the results of our research. In fact, since 2000, Monsanto employees have published more than 1,000 studies related to the science, safety and... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 12:23 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Thursday, 8/08/2013 8:35 pm
A: In the wild, the transfer of genes within and across species is fairly common, either through traditional reproduction (breeding) or through non-traditional means. Viruses and bacteria do this all the time, as do plants and animals. Human DNA, for instance, is full of viral genes. When humans began to farm between 10 and 20 thousand years ago, they took the seeds from their best edible wild plants and sowed them to create crops. Early farmers selected the most desirable plants... Continue Reading