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Q: General Mills said they will now have some Cheerios without GMOs. The company said there is no concern about safety with GMOs and the media reports I read say that oats are not genetically modified anyway. So why is General Mills doing this?
Posted On: Tuesday, 1/07/2014 10:04 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 4:41 pm
A: Several experts responded to the announcement from General Mills that Cheerios will no longer include GM ingredients. You might be interested in an excerpt from a response from Cathleen Enright, executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information: “We believe food companies have the right to select the ingredients that are best for their markets, just as farmers have the right to choose the seeds that are right for their businesses. We appreciated General Mills’... Continue Reading
Q: Why over the last 20 years have American people become so sick? The rise with cancer, autism, diabetes, autoimmune has sky rocketed.
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 2:43 pm
Answered By: Ann Blacker, PhD, DABT, Regulatory Toxicology, Bayer CropScience LP on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:52 pm
A: This is a very broad question with no simple answer as causes of many diseases are multi-factorial. As this question is posted on the GMOAnswers.com website, we assume you are asking about a causal relationship between disease and GM crops. Available evidence indicates that GM crops are no different from non-GM crops of the same species with regard to safety for the traits currently approved and on the market. More specific information on the potential impact of GMO... Continue Reading
Q: Opponents of biotech enhanced crops have raised the theory that the act of alterning food crops through biotech techniques somehow introduces a novel safety risk not present with other non-regulated methods of altering the genetic endowment of food...
Posted On: Friday, 9/27/2013 4:43 pm
Answered By: Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Director, International Biotechnology Program, University of California Davis on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:47 pm
A: As mentioned previously, all breeding techniques introduce modifications at the DNA level, other than the desired change. However, I hasten to add that, despite the extensive genetic manipulation of crop plants by the many and diverse methods described previously, cases of novel or completely unexpected adverse consequences for commercialized varieties of these crops are extremely rare. Variations due to breeding and the application of modern biotechnology have been studied frequently by... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 2/03/2014 4:34 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:45 pm
A: That's a very good question for me as a farmer who raises GM crops. If the market creates so much demand for something other than the GM corn and soybeans that I'm growing, then I'm sure farmers like me will choose to grow something else. But if you believe foods made with these crops aren't safe, then you have plenty of other options. Certified organic products are out there and are labeled so consumers can know they are buying foods raised under a certain set of rules for production.... Continue Reading
Q: I want to know more about the chemicals that are poured on GM crops by the ton. What studies have been done to prove the surfactants used in Roundup are safe for human consumption? Same question applies to your proprietary "inert"...
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 6:10 pm
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:44 pm
A: If you’re interested in learning more about agriculture chemical use over time, please see an earlier response I drafted, posted here. Pesticides in use today have been thoroughly evaluated for environmental and human safety. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the sale and use of pesticides and requires robust studies and lengthy testing to demonstrate safety before any product reaches the market. Many products on the market today have specific modes of action for a target... Continue Reading