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Q: Any response on the UCLA study that shows in order to increase wheat crop yields the amount of gluten produced would increase by as much as 4X the normal amount. This empirically suggests a cause and effect relationship between the large increase in...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 3:13 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Monday, 8/12/2013 3:39 pm
A: We reached out to Bob Goldberg in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. Included below is his response to this question: “There is no genetically engineered wheat grown anywhere in the world. Wheat was the first crop to be domesticated, ~10,000 years ago, by our ancestors. Gluten is a protein that is naturally found in wheat seeds and is used by the wheat plant when it germinates as a source of carbon and nitrogen for the growing seedling. Dwarf wheat... Continue Reading
Q: How can an organism that has been genetically modified to produce "Round Up" Be considered safe to eat when all there is a variety of anecdotal evidence readily availible that states Glyphosate is harmfulhttp://action....
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 9:31 pm
Answered By: Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates on Monday, 8/12/2013 3:21 pm
A: First of all, no organisms have ever been modified to produce Roundup (glyphosate). Several crops have been modified with a minimally altered version of one of their existing enzymes (EPSPS) which makes them tolerant to that herbicide, but they don't make it. Second, regulatory agencies around the world don't base their decisions on “anecdotal evidence,” no matter how much is available. They stick to solid science. The consensus among regulators is quite clear that glyphosate has no real... Continue Reading
Q: Maybe GMO's aren't the problem. They are only the enabler in the case of Roundup Ready. Enabling food to be doused with it. Roundup is supposed to be safe on humans since it only attacks plants. Isn't our gut flora and fauna plant...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 1:13 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Friday, 8/09/2013 5:16 pm
A: Plants are not "doused" in Roundup or, more precisely, its active ingredient glyphosate. Relatively small amounts of glyphosate are applied as weeds emerge. These die and do not compete against emerging glyphosate-resistant crops. Glyphosate is amazingly non-toxic to humans or any other animals. Acute effects are seen only at relatively high doses. The LD50 (the dose that kills half of the rats that consume the dose) is about 5,000 mg/kg of body weight. In other... Continue Reading
Q: How do you remove all the insectide and pesticide sprayed on the vegetables from the product before it reaches consumers?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 1:40 pm
Answered By: David Shaw, Giles Distinguished Professor of Weed Science at Mississippi State University on Tuesday, 8/06/2013 5:06 pm
A: It is first important to know that pesticides go through a natural degradation process as soon as they are applied. This varies widely, based on which pesticide, but is substantial in all cases. It is, of course, important to wash fresh fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides, as well as microorganisms, dirt and other sources of contamination. However, EPA requires data on toxicity and pesticide residues to ensure that concentrations higher than what would normally be in or on... Continue Reading
Q: How can humans be safe if we are now eating more herbicides (since more can be applied with Round-up ready GMO crops)? Why did the EPA raise the limit *now*?http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/06/epa-raised-residue-limits-of-monsantos-glyphosate-...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 5:12 pm
Answered By: David Shaw, Giles Distinguished Professor of Weed Science at Mississippi State University on Tuesday, 8/06/2013 5:04 pm
A: EEPA and FDA require exhaustive data to support the proven safety of any pesticide not only to humans, but also to the environment. This includes data on wildlife and other non-target organisms. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, has been repeatedly demonstrated to be extraordinarily safe to humans and other animals. It has a mechanism of action that targets an enzyme system that is not present in humans and animals. With regard to the new use of Roundup in... Continue Reading