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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 4:10 pm
A: “…Climate change is having a bad influence as well: Cyclone Phailin has dumped an enormous amount of rain on India, but last year we had almost drought-like conditions in many parts of India. The success or failure of our farming is monsoon dependent. The monsoons that traditionally provide normal levels of precipitation have become less dependable, and we don’t have precise weather prediction that would enable us to plan our farming strategy.“All of this puts our food security at risk. In a... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 3/14/2014 7:29 pm
A: GMO Answers is a community focused on constructive discussion about GMOs. This a forum to have an open conversation about GMOs and agriculture. If you are not here to have a constructive dialogue – which focuses on the facts – this website may not be for you. We invite you to submit a new question, which aligns with our house rules, and addresses the role of biotechnology in agriculture.  More information about why this website was created is available in our “About” section.
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Posted On: Wednesday, 3/19/2014 12:44 pm
A: Publically held companies (such as the companies mentioned below) do disclose detailed financial information, however not always to the level of individual products. While a peer-reviewed study on GM product sales is not available, you might be interested in the company reports from the GMO Answers founding members which include high-level sales information. The reports are made available online and linked below. As a general rule, many private companies (including those outside of the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 1/30/2014 10:28 am
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
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Posted On: Sunday, 5/04/2014 12:48 pm
A: In regards to intellectual property rights and seed patents, Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law (emeritus) at the University of Oklahoma, provides an in-depth analysis of this topic in his response; here is an excerpt:   "Plant breeders (whether individuals, companies, cooperatives, or universities, or USDA) invest significant sums in creating, developing, and testing new varieties of crops.  For seed varieties, it is not unusual for a plant breeder to invest... Continue Reading