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Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 10:53 pm
Answered By: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician on Thursday, 6/12/2014 5:39 pm
A: That's an easy question to ask and a very difficult one to answer. There are some circles that would lead you to believe that it’s a simple matter of putting the acronym "GMO" on a label. For people who haven't followed a corn or soybean seed from the field to the fork, it would seem to be an easy thing to just "put" on a label. For those of us in farming, we know that it’s not so simple and would have a catastrophic impact on our family farms if it passed. There is nothing simple about the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 10:53 pm
Answered By: Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis on Thursday, 6/12/2014 5:39 pm
A: “The potential economic impact of state and other initiatives that would mandate labeling for the presence of GE ingredients in foods has also been of much interest. Opponents of mandatory GE labeling schemes have argued that they would be paid by all consumers, including those who do not wish to avoid GE. Proponents have argued that the implied costs would be minimal. Indeed, a handful of studies has sketched out the potential costs of the mandatory labeling initiatives in California and... Continue Reading
Q: If it was legally proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Agent OrangeDioxin was not responsible for the reported illnesses of exposed Veterans, why would the U.S. Government be paying benefits to those exposed? httpwww.benefits.va....
Posted On: Thursday, 1/30/2014 10:28 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 6/12/2014 5:37 pm
A: While we cannot speak on behalf of the U.S. government or comment on specific benefit payments referenced in your question, Agent Orange is a topic that has been addressed on this site before. The response included below, provided by Martin Zucker, assistant general counsel at Monsanto, provides context to the use of Agent Orange by the U.S. military. "It is tragic whenever people suffer from serious health problems. The U.S. military’s use of Agent Orange is an emotional issue for... Continue Reading
Q: How long was Monsanto's study of GMOs, before they were "deemed" safe? How long was the longest study?
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:18 pm
Answered By: Michael Koch, PhD, DABT, New Technologies in Toxicology Lead, Monsanto on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 6:49 pm
A: It appears the first question is referring to how long it takes to demonstrate the safety of GM crops. It is important to emphasize for clarity that GM crop developers like Monsanto do not “deem” GMOs to be as safe as conventional crops, this determination is made by the hundreds of scientists in the regulatory agencies around the world that review the safety data generated. However, it is a requirement for GM crop developers to demonstrate, or evaluate, the safety of these products; a... Continue Reading
Q: why is the south of punjab a cotton growing area , where monsanto bt cotton is growing , reeling under cancer epidemic and pesticide consumption hasnt declined ?Dr sunny sandhu .
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:37 pm
Answered By: G. Ramamohan, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs Lead- India, Monsanto on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 4:56 pm
A: “The southern Punjab comprises of Bhatinda, Moga, Mukatsar, Faridkot, Mansa and Ferozpur and is a cotton growing region. Wheat, paddy and maize are the crops that are commonly grown in this region. The progressive cotton farmers of this region have adopted Bt cotton because of its significant benefits. According to a study titled “Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Bt cotton in India” conducted by Council for Social Development, cotton production in the state increased by 130% per... Continue Reading