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Q: If it was legally proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Agent OrangeDioxin was not responsible for the reported illnesses of exposed Veterans, why would the U.S. Government be paying benefits to those exposed? httpwww.benefits.va....
Posted On: Thursday, 1/30/2014 10:28 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 6/12/2014 5:37 pm
A: While we cannot speak on behalf of the U.S. government or comment on specific benefit payments referenced in your question, Agent Orange is a topic that has been addressed on this site before. The response included below, provided by Martin Zucker, assistant general counsel at Monsanto, provides context to the use of Agent Orange by the U.S. military. "It is tragic whenever people suffer from serious health problems. The U.S. military’s use of Agent Orange is an emotional issue for... Continue Reading
Q: How long was Monsanto's study of GMOs, before they were "deemed" safe? How long was the longest study?
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:18 pm
Answered By: Michael Koch, PhD, DABT, New Technologies in Toxicology Lead, Monsanto, Company on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 6:49 pm
A: It appears the first question is referring to how long it takes to demonstrate the safety of GM crops. It is important to emphasize for clarity that GM crop developers like Monsanto do not “deem” GMOs to be as safe as conventional crops, this determination is made by the hundreds of scientists in the regulatory agencies around the world that review the safety data generated. However, it is a requirement for GM crop developers to demonstrate, or evaluate, the safety of these products; a... Continue Reading
Q: why is the south of punjab a cotton growing area , where monsanto bt cotton is growing , reeling under cancer epidemic and pesticide consumption hasnt declined ?Dr sunny sandhu .
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:37 pm
Answered By: G. Ramamohan, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs Lead- India, Monsanto Company on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 4:56 pm
A: “The southern Punjab comprises of Bhatinda, Moga, Mukatsar, Faridkot, Mansa and Ferozpur and is a cotton growing region. Wheat, paddy and maize are the crops that are commonly grown in this region. The progressive cotton farmers of this region have adopted Bt cotton because of its significant benefits. According to a study titled “Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Bt cotton in India” conducted by Council for Social Development, cotton production in the state increased by 130% per... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 12:09 am
Answered By: George Harrigan, Science Fellow and Lead, Omics/Composition Outreach Platform, Monsanto Company on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 4:49 pm
A: Hi, thank you for your question. You might be interested to know that there are only eight GM crops currently grown in the United States: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, and squash. We conduct composition studies for all GM crops that follow OECD guidelines. In order to provide a chart illustrating this we thought you might be interested in one of the remarkable GM success stories such as the development of GM papaya. The use of GM has been credited... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 2/23/2014 3:09 pm
Answered By: Kent Bradford, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 3:52 pm
A: Human society is supported by its ability to produce sufficient food for the total population while at the same time not using up or degrading the capacity to continue to produce that amount of food in the future. This requires us to “sustainably intensify” our agricultural methods to increase the yields on currently farmed land and minimize the expansion of agriculture onto additional wild lands and forests. Expanding agriculture increases production but has negative impacts on biodiversity,... Continue Reading