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Q: Can you comment on these studies listed on a web site called 5 reasons to be concerned about GMOs? While Monsanto initially marketed Roundup as being safer than table salt, several studies have pointed to health risks. A 2008 study in Sweden linked...
Posted On: Saturday, 3/22/2014 10:34 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Monday, 8/04/2014 8:47 pm
A: I'm glad to comment on these points. First, look at the dates. These are results, almost a decade old, that nobody else has repeated. Think about it. In science, everyone wants to be number two! If these results were real, they would have opened new worlds of inquiry with many labs and hundreds of papers. When we talk about Roundup, we need to consider two things: toxicity and exposure. First, let's talk exposure. It is applied weeks before there is product on the plant, so even plants... Continue Reading
Q: Do neonicotinoids and Roundup affect the wild bee populations? If so, how are you working to stop this bee killoff?
Posted On: Thursday, 6/26/2014 10:21 pm
Answered By: Iain Kelly, Director, Regulatory Policy and Issue Management, Bayer CropScience on Friday, 8/01/2014 10:55 am
A: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Pesticide Registration Process is designed to assess that pesticides used according to label directions do not pose any unreasonable adverse effects to either native or managed bees. Recent guidelines from EPA, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) define this process under which neonicotinoids continue to be assessed. In 2007, the National Academy of Science issued an extensive... Continue Reading
Q: What is the longest study performed on the health effects of ingesting GMOs and GMOs that have been sprayed with roundup?
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/29/2014 12:01 pm
Answered By: David Saltmiras, Science Fellow, Toxicology Manager of the Novel Chemistry and Microbials Product Platform, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:12 pm
A: The quick answer for regulatory studies is 90 days for GMO safety and 26 months for glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides) safety. The lengths of these studies are assessed and set by independent scientific bodies globally, in order to ensure product developers generate comprehensive data to appropriately determine the long-term safety of new products. This question is similar to others on the site about safety testing and long-term safety. I’ve pulled... 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
Q: I have a GMO hating landlord that is isisting that i plant his farm using only nongmo seeds. I told him that would be like going back to the stoneage, but he just continued to ramble about how some ingredient in Roundup was found in peoples blood...
Posted On: Saturday, 2/22/2014 4:00 pm
Answered By: Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:08 pm
A: As you and other farmers are well aware, weed control is one of the keys to good yields. GM crops that can tolerate glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides, provide a simplified approach to weed control and allow farmers to rely on an herbicide with a thoroughly documented record of safe use. Glyphosate is well known for its low toxicity to humans, farm animals and wildlife. From time to time, there are reports of glyphosate being detected in samples collected... Continue Reading