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Posted On: Sunday, 8/04/2013 6:18 am
Answered By: Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA on Friday, 8/16/2013 2:14 pm
A: Current scientific evidence does not show any connection between GMO’s and stomach or any other health issues. A variety of organizations, ranging from the International Food Information Council to the Institute of Food Technologist, have all reported that the body of evidence supports not only the safety of but also the benefits of using biotechnology to enhance the quality of food.
Q: What are the effects of GMOs on the human body? Has GMO foods led to an increase in the development of allergies among certain groups of people?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/10/2013 9:37 am
Answered By: Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA on Thursday, 8/15/2013 3:19 pm
A: This is a great question. First, the Food and Drug Administration has set forth guidelines related to the use of GMOs, and in those documents they reference the science that indicates food developed through biotechnology are digested in the same manner as other foods and therefore provide the same nutrition, or in some cases more nutrition (if the goal of the biotechnology was to enhance nutrient content). The science also indicates that these foods are safe for consumption and that they are... Continue Reading
Q: A study conducted by Brazilian researchers found acute Roundup exposure at *LOW* doses (36ppm, 0.036g/L) for 30 minutes induced cell death in Sertoli cells in prepubertal rat testis. Are you saying that this study, and ALL studies that find safety...
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 10:06 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Wednesday, 8/14/2013 1:49 pm
A: Short answer, note that the researchers used "Roundup", not the active ingredient glyphosate. It is sort of like saying water is toxic to cells because bleach is 95% water, and when they were incubated with bleach they died. Roundup is a formulation of glyphosate plus a surfactant, in this case POEA. Surfactants are wetting agents, think of them as detergent-like. They help break surface tension on a plant's foliage so the active ingredients have better penetration. This way farmers can... Continue Reading
Q: What does the research conclude about the bioaccumulation of bt toxin resulting from humans consuming GMOs? And did the producers of GMOs produce the evidence of its safety to the FDA before putting these products on the market?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 10:04 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Tuesday, 8/13/2013 8:29 pm
A: What do you think would happen if a 200-pound human being was force-fed, with a tube down the throat into the stomach, pure bacterial spores equivalent to half a roll of nickels, and then tested for effects 24 hours later? My guess is that you’d see a screaming immune response, massive response from gut flora and probably some effects on physiology that would be reflected in the blood. Agreed? If you agree, then the results of this hypothetical “experiment” are the same as those performed... Continue Reading
Q: If you want to know the truth about GMOs, you have to look outside the USA, because inside the USA, Monsanto has a strangle-hold on the media, politicians, and even scientists. What is your response to the revelation recently posted in the German...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 9:14 pm
Answered By: Tom Helscher, Director, Corporate Affairs, Monsanto Company on Monday, 8/12/2013 4:40 pm
A: If there are specific questions relating to GMOs raised in the article you cited, it would be great if you could post them individually to get a thorough response. If, however, your last comment refers to Blackwater, suffice it to say, that accusation is a gross distortion of an original gross distortion. Monsanto never bought Blackwater. Even the writer of the original story that started this (in the Nation in 2010) has tweeted that it’s a distortion and urged people to read his... Continue Reading