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Q: If livestock eat genetically modified grain, will there be GMOs in my meat? -- Submitted as part of GMO Answers' Top Consumer Questions Survey --
Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 7:07 pm
Answered By: Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis on Tuesday, 5/27/2014 7:31 pm
A: Genetically engineered crops are digested by animals in the same way as conventional crops. Numerous scientific studies have examined the digestive fate of genetically engineered DNA and protein introduced intro genetically engineered feed (see the Federation of Animal Science Societies Communications website for a comprehensive listing.) Genetically engineered DNA, or the novel proteins encoded therein, have never been detected in the milk, meat or eggs derived from animals fed... Continue Reading
Q: How credible is Jack Heinemann or Bill Freese are? They have been mentioned in some blogs about their expertise in anti gmo sites. And Isoxaflutole, it's toxicity studies?
Posted On: Sunday, 9/01/2013 6:45 pm
Answered By: Joe Breier, Regulatory Toxicologist, Bayer CropScience LP on Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:52 pm
A: Generally speaking, credibility, as it relates to scientific data, can be established via independent replication of study results and ultimately leads to acceptance of the data by other scientific experts. In consideration of newly generated data or the absence of study replication, credibility can be obtained by evaluating and characterizing the data against sets of criteria presented in several excellent publications (Klimisch et al., 1997; Conrad and Becker, 2011; Henry and Conrad, 2008).... Continue Reading
Q: Do Roundup Ready foods usually have higher glyphosate levels? I read that Roundup Ready works by reducing adherence of glyphosate.
Posted On: Friday, 3/21/2014 8:18 am
Answered By: Marian Bleeke, Fate and Metabolism Platform Lead, Monsanto on Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:40 pm
A: I’ll start by addressing your second comment, on how Roundup Ready crops work. Glyphosate acts in plants by inhibiting an enzyme that is required for plants to synthesize certain amino acids. All Roundup Ready crops contain a gene that codes for a version of the enzyme that is not inhibited by glyphosate, allowing the plants to synthesize the amino acids even when they have been sprayed with glyphosate. (One crop, Roundup Ready canola, also metabolizes glyphosate to its primary crop metabolite... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 2/27/2014 1:38 pm
Answered By: Stephen Adams, Chemistry Regulatory Affairs Manager, Monsanto on Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:38 pm
A: Drinking water can come from two sources: a public water system that provides drinking water to approximately 90 percent of Americans, or private drinking-water wells. Groundwater or surface waters (lakes, rivers and streams) are the sources of drinking water. There are a number of management practices that farmers use to limit the movement of glyphosate herbicides and other pesticide tools in both ground- and surface-water sources of drinking water. There are two ways in which pesticides... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 3/07/2014 10:52 am
Answered By: Ray Dobert, Biotech Regulatory Policy Lead, Monsanto on Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:27 pm
A: I have been around many folks who have eaten food derived from GMO crops since they were introduced in the mid-1990s, including my family, and I have not heard anyone comment on their tasting bad. (Now, brussels sprouts (which are not technically GMOs but did result from quite a bit of genetic modification) are a different matter—lots of complaints there.) From personal experience with eating a range of foods that are GMO (like Bt sweet corn right out of the field, virus-resistant papaya... Continue Reading