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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: Andre Silvanovich, Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis Lead, Monsanto on Tuesday, 3/18/2014 2:23 pm
A: The short answer is: while the initial transformation process can be described as a “shotgun” or random approach, researchers use numerous tools and techniques to eliminate all of the plants where the insertion occurred in an undesirable location or where the insertion could be disrupting or negatively impacting surrounding genes. Then researchers conduct rigorous safety tests on the remaining plants to make sure the insertion did not produce any new proteins—except for the protein that was... Continue Reading
Q: Greetings,I just read a new article that appeared in ELLE Magazine about GMOs. This is a highly regarded mainstream publication, so I'd appreciate your views on this article. Here is the link. http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/health...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:17 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 3/14/2014 6:06 pm
A: Writer Jon Entine discussed this ELLE article in a Slate article; an excerpt is below, and you can read the full article here. “Shetterly’s narrative is emotionally compelling, but only that; it just doesn’t withstand the critical scrutiny of science. Let’s start with her central premise: Genetically modified foods, or more specifically genetic modified corn, can cause allergic reactions. Is that even possible? Can the process of genetic modification create allergies?“‘Not likely,’ said... Continue Reading
Q: Can you honestly, ethically, and with links/sources, disprove any of the principles and facts put across in this Gary Null production on genetically-modified crops? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUd9rRSLY4A&feature=youtu.be)
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 11:21 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 3/14/2014 5:57 pm
A: Gary Null’s self-produced, documentary-style film has been reviewed by Keith Kloor, science writer for Discover magazine. Here is an excerpt: “There was a time when Gary Null, a popular alternative-health speaker and author, was the Deepak Chopra of nutrition. He’s written best-selling books (one of them about reversing the aging process) and, like Chopra, has been featured on PBS during fundraising drives. Nearing 70, Null was in the news several years ago... Continue Reading
Q: You insist that there is no scientific evidence that glyphosate poses a potential hazard to an unborn child. Could you please explain why there are several studies that indicate that this is not true?
Posted On: Wednesday, 1/08/2014 4:37 am
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto on Friday, 3/14/2014 2:49 pm
A: Typically, scientists who focus on reproductive and developmental safety look at two different sources of information: animal studies and epidemiologic investigations. In regard to animal data, glyphosate is relatively unique in having multiple independent companies perform reproductive and developmental toxicology studies in rodents and rabbits. These studies show no reproducible reproductive or developmental effects. Most recently, in 2012, a group of toxicologists conducted a detailed... Continue Reading
Q: What do you think of the following statement from http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/51-2012/14164-glyphosate-and-gmos-impact-on-crops-soils-animals-and-man-dr-don-huber ?"Glyphosate is a strong organic phosphate chelator that immobilizes...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 9:20 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 3/14/2014 2:47 pm
A: Your comment has already been addressed on the website. Please take a look at these responses on GMO Answers, which address your question/concern very well:http://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-dont-understand-how-you-can-say-gmo-food-safe-when-farmers-are-spraying-glyphosate-their-crops, answered by Marian Bleeke, Fate and Metabolism Platform Lead, MonsantoResponse from John Vicini, Food Safety Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto, regarding glyphosate as a chelator and antimicrobial [http://... Continue Reading