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Q: You say that GMOs and food that based on GMOs is completely harmless for our health and that it is proven by many studies. Okay. Can you tell me a list of the latest 10 studies which can manifest that and where I can find them? Who was the the...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 8:17 am
Answered By: Peter J. Davies, Professor of Plant Physiology and International Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca New York, USA on Friday, 4/11/2014 6:22 pm
A: Refereed literature compendia can be found at the following sources. A list of 610 scientific articles on safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically modified crops (updated to June 2013) can be found at:http://chilebio.cl/documentos/Publicaciones.pdf. A list of 1,080 studies can be found at:http://www.biofortified.org/genera/studies-for-genera/. In Europe, a 2010 European Commission Directorate-General for Research assessed available regulatory science for... Continue Reading
Q: Glyphosate in Round-up is listed as the "Active" ingredient, toxicity level III of IV (IV being the least toxic). However, the surfactants mixed with Glyphosate in the Round-up product greatly increase the toxicity level. Is this correct?
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 3:02 am
Answered By: Donna Farmer, Ph.D., Chemistry Stewardship Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 4/11/2014 6:22 pm
A: Thanks for asking about the toxicity of glyphosate versus that of surfactants used with glyphosate. For herbicides like glyphosate to be most effective at controlling unwanted plants, they need to be applied with a surfactant. Surfactants (short for “surface-acting agents”) are soapy substances that help to reduce surface tension of the water so the drop of spray solution can spread over the surface of a leaf and help to penetrate the waxy layer (the cuticle) of the plant. Herbicidal soaps are... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 2/23/2014 3:09 pm
Answered By: Cecilia Chi-Ham , Director Science & Technology, PIPRA on Thursday, 3/27/2014 8:00 pm
A: Society has the responsibility of using science, rather than hype, to inform regulation, policy and scientific strategies to develop crops that can continue providing us with safe foods. In 2013, the World Food Prize was awarded to the pioneering scientists who developed modern agricultural biotechnology. Biotechnology crops have provided significant economic benefit to millions of consumers, reduced agriculturally related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduced soil erosion and substantially... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 9/26/2013 4:23 am
Answered By: Donna Farmer, Ph.D., Chemistry Stewardship Lead, Monsanto on Thursday, 3/27/2014 7:59 pm
A: That is a great question, and I wish I could give you a short answer, but a lot of work and scientific evaluation have gone into understanding what happens to glyphosate after it is applied to Roundup Ready crops like corn and to ensuring your family and mine have safe food to eat. Most glyphosate applications in Roundup Ready corn occur before the corn kernels start to develop; therefore, very little glyphosate is present in the kernels, so residues in the kernels are low. Typical... Continue Reading
Q: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine states, "GM foods have not been properly tested" and "pose a serious health risk. ***Not a single human clinical trial on GMOs has been published***” (emphasis mine). Petri dishes and...
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/21/2013 10:49 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 3/27/2014 7:58 pm
A: Thank you for coming to GMO Answers! We all want to know that the food we eat is safe, including GM foods from GM seeds. Denneal Jamison-McClung, associate director of the University of California, Davis International Biotechnology Program discusses the health and safety of GMOs in a recent post. She explains the following: “GMO foods have a long, safe track record (17 years in the marketplace). From their introduction in 1996 until now, scientists have found, through repeated and... Continue Reading