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Q: Do you believe it valid to associate GM foods with the rise in food allergies, and if not then to what would you attribute the trend? For example, could cornsoy allergies be caused by the sheer quantity of cornsoy and their derivatives in our food,...
Posted On: Monday, 7/14/2014 11:10 am
Answered By: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician on Wednesday, 8/13/2014 5:10 pm
A: In short, no, I do not believe it valid to associate GM foods with the rise in food allergies. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education Center, 90 percent of the food allergies in the United States stem from eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish and fish. Of those eight foods, only one of them — soy — has varieties that have been genetically engineered. None of the others has. Non-GM soy, of which I am a grower, is also allergenic, so the fact is,... Continue Reading
Q: Is it true that antigmo campaigns are causing wide scale death in 3rd world nations? Could you explain the situation to me, I used to think gmo was a bad idea until someone told me this.
Posted On: Sunday, 7/13/2014 5:07 pm
Answered By: Cecilia Chi-Ham , Director Science & Technology, PIPRA on Friday, 8/08/2014 1:36 pm
A: Many developing countries, including the one I am from, Honduras, are benefiting from GM and biotechnology. Corn is one of the staple crops in Honduras; however, almost 50 percent of the corn is imported. As a result, governmental food-security strategies include adoption of hybrid and GM corn to improve national production. In Honduras, anti-GMO activists have not been as vocal as they are in other parts of the world. In contrast, anti-GMO activists have been extremely vocal in the case of... Continue Reading
Q: What was happening in the society that supported the rise of the turning point when scientists decided to create GMOs?
Posted On: Tuesday, 2/25/2014 12:45 pm
Answered By: Kent Bradford, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis on Friday, 8/08/2014 1:26 pm
A: I don’t think any decision to apply GM methods was driven by what was happening in society, per se. It was driven by advances in science and technology that made it possible to do genetic engineering. There were obvious targets to try in agriculture (herbicide tolerance and insect resistance), and particularly companies who had interests in these areas focused on it and made it work. Public-sector research continued also, with some successes (virus-resistant papaya). In those early days,... Continue Reading
Q: What is the longest study performed on the health effects of ingesting GMOs and GMOs that have been sprayed with roundup?
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/29/2014 12:01 pm
Answered By: David Saltmiras, Science Fellow, Toxicology Manager of the Novel Chemistry and Microbials Product Platform, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:12 pm
A: The quick answer for regulatory studies is 90 days for GMO safety and 26 months for glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides) safety. The lengths of these studies are assessed and set by independent scientific bodies globally, in order to ensure product developers generate comprehensive data to appropriately determine the long-term safety of new products. This question is similar to others on the site about safety testing and long-term safety. I’ve pulled... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 5/09/2014 1:33 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Friday, 6/27/2014 10:06 am
A: I'm glad to answer your question as a scientist, but also as someone who is raising his niece. I'd never give her something dangerous, and in our house we absolutely do not worry about GM foods. Your question implies a negative effect of the technology, much like that derived from anti-GM websites. The scientific answer is that there are absolutely no cases of any harm from this technology in 17 years of use. That's in small children and adults — no problems. If you search the web... Continue Reading