Ask Us Anything About GMOs!
Browse all Questions & Answers
Q: How much time does it take and how much does it cost to successfully develop a hybrid with one or more transgenic traits from conception to commercial release. Can you categorize the portion of costs that are incurred as a result of meeting...
Posted On: Wednesday, 9/11/2013 12:25 pm
Answered By: Wendelyn Jones, Director, Global Policy and Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer on Thursday, 11/07/2013 3:10 pm
A: You are correct that it requires a tremendous investment of both time and resources to bring a new biotech crop to market. A survey completed in 2011 found the cost of discovery, development and authorization of a new plant biotechnology trait introduced between 2008 and 2012 was $136 million. On average, about 26 percent of those costs ($35.1 million) were incurred as part of the regulatory testing and registration process. The same study found that the average time from initiation of a... Continue Reading
Q: Why do we need GMO's today for agriculture when farmers in the past were able to feed the US without them. The west was plowed under creating the dustbowl but we as a "country" changed farming practices to avoid another dustbowl. So...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 9:29 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF on Thursday, 9/05/2013 12:35 pm
A: Figuring out how to feed more people with the same land resources while protecting the environment is a global reality. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that by 2050, we will need to increase food production by 100 percent to have enough to feed the world. Although issues like food waste, distribution and politics play an important role in food deficiencies in the developing world, the truth is that our planet's population is increasing and our farmland is... Continue Reading
Q: Can someone please explain that if a farmer who doesn't grow GMO but gets contaminated by GMO from other areas can be sued by the GMO companies?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 2:10 pm
Answered By: Jane A. Stautz, Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability Leader, Dow AgroSciences on Wednesday, 8/28/2013 12:07 pm
A: While it is important for technology providers to protect their patents and agreements relative to seeds, where trace amounts of patented seeds or traits are present in a farmer's field as a result of inadvertent means (e.g., pollen drift), the technology providers do not exercise their patent rights.
Q: How can you ensure the short-term and long-term wellbeing of both people and soil in "developing countries" where GMO-creating companies sell or offer their seeds (and products) in the various capacities? Please provide evidence of...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 10:41 pm
Answered By: Cecilia Chi-Ham , Director Science & Technology, PIPRA on Friday, 8/23/2013 3:12 pm
A: I was born and raised in a developing country, Honduras, and can appreciate the concern for the well-being of the people and the environment. It is really important that we consider the well-being of farmers in developing countries because they represent 90 percent of all farmers growing GM crops in the world (ISAAA, 2012). So far, biotechnology has offered developing countries farms with increased productivity, economic gains and environmental benefits, including reduced insecticide use and... Continue Reading
Q: Please list each of the benefits that GMOs offer the consumer. For example, why should a mother choose GMO food to feed her young child over, say, non-GMO organic food?
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 3:22 pm
Answered By: Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Food Security on Tuesday, 8/20/2013 12:25 pm
A: While it is true that, to date, the majority of the benefits of GMOs have been realized by farmers, there are also important examples of direct consumer benefits. GM commodities incorporating pest resistance can and have significantly reduced pesticide use and resulting pesticide residues. This is especially important in low-income countries, where farmers frequently lack access to safe pesticides―and may not be properly trained in pesticide use, or in postharvest... Continue Reading