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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 8:39 pm
A: Bee health is an important issue for everyone, and the research-based learning network site eXtensionprovides an excellent summary of the issue. Major concerns include the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, bee viruses, bacterial disease, nutrition, gut microbes, hive management practices and pesticide exposure. Genetically modified (GM) plants and their impact on honey bees have been widely studied, and the results indicate that GM plants are not harmful to bees. A 2001 review... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 6:26 pm
A: I previously responded to a very similar question on whether it is safe to drink Roundup. As with most household and consumer products, Roundup should be handled appropriately, following the product’s labeled directions. You can read the related response here, and an excerpt is below.“Most of us have picked up a bottle of Roundup from a home center and used it to kill weeds in our driveways and gardens. Roundup-brand herbicides have a long history of safe use at home and in agricultural... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 9/20/2013 9:30 pm
A: In approving genetically modified crops, such as soybeans, with dual herbicide tolerance, USDA evaluates the safety of the crop, while EPA assesses the safety of the pesticide used on the crop, which includes consideration of the potential risk of an adverse health effect, such as cancer. Based on exposure estimates provided by EPA (2011), the likelihood that humans are exposed to carcinogenic levels of isoxaflutole (IFT) is extremely low. First and foremost, it should be emphasized that the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 12:23 pm
A: First, your question appears to refer to one or more studies that have been retracted from, or never formally published in, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. If you are unfamiliar, retraction is the process by which scientific papers are officially withdrawn from the public record. According to Retraction Guidelines published by the Committee on Publication Ethics: “Journal editors should consider retracting a publication if:they have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 12/02/2013 2:18 am
A: Yes, foods from plants that have been improved using genetic engineering are safe to eat. The World Health Organization states clearly that “GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved” (http://www.who.int/foodsafety/... Continue Reading

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