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Q: How do you explain the President of the US Cancer Panel 2008-2009 Annual Report "Environmental Factors In Cancer" linking pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides used in GMO crops to many different cancers and diseases? The panel urges the...
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 12:46 am
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:43 pm
A: First, it’s important to note that the report you reference was criticized when it was released. Although the report claimed “the true burden of environmentally-induced (i.e., pollution) cancer has been grossly underestimated,” an ABC News reporter wrote “…it was difficult to find solid science to back that strong statement” and the American Cancer Society pointed out in a statement about the report that its conclusion “does not represent scientific consensus” but rather “... Continue Reading
Q: I have read that researchers have said that the process of creating a GMO is essentially a shotgun approach, rather than the impossible precise insertion that most people believe, and that, in any case, large numbers of toxic proteins are certain to...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:49 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Tuesday, 2/18/2014 7:28 pm
A: Thanks for your question! This is a common question about GMOs and has recently been discussed by Denneal Jamison-McClung, associate director of the UC Davis Biotechnology Program. You might find the excerpt below from her response helpful: “Thanks to the genomics revolution and new molecular tools, such as ‘genome editing,’ very specific genetic changes can be easily made to plant genomes, from single nucleotide changes to the insertion or deletion of whole genes (Cressey, 2013; Li, 2013... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 1/30/2014 11:38 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Saturday, 2/15/2014 6:21 pm
A: This is a common question topic and has been discussed a number of times on GMO Answers. We would like to share a couple of those responses with you. You might be interested in a response from Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, associate director for the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, in which she addresses the question “How can you be sure that GMO foods won’t affect human health long-term?” While an excerpt is below, her full response is available here. “…Currently approved GM crops... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 1/23/2014 1:28 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Saturday, 2/15/2014 6:18 pm
A: While we are unaware of a complete list of all of the organizations or scientific bodies that approve of the safety of GMOs or support GMOs, there is a list of Learned Societies and National Academies Endorsing Safety of Genetically Modified Crops that was provided to the State of Connecticut General Assembly and included the following organizations:American Association for the Advancement of ScienceAmerican Medical AssociationAmerican Society for MicrobiologyAustralian Academy of... Continue Reading
Q: An argument I keep hearing is that GMO's produce their own pesticide. I think the fear is that they are producing chemical pesticide that can negatively affect people. Is there any truth to this concern?
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 3:32 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Saturday, 2/15/2014 6:05 pm
A: You might be interested in a response to a similar question from Andrew Kniss, associate professor of Weed Ecology & Management in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming. He addresses pesticide toxicity in his response, and an excerpt is below: “…The most common pesticide incorporated into GMO crops are proteins that originate from Bacillus thuringiensis, commonly referred to as Bt crops. The nice thing about Bt proteins is that they are very specific in the... Continue Reading