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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
Q: One reason that I find myself initially adverse to GMOs is that biotech companies are gaining monopoly control over agriculture, and turning a basic human need for nourishment into an opportunity for business, finance, and, ultimately, inequalities...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 1:22 pm
Answered By: Bart Schott , Farmer and Past President, Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association on Thursday, 8/01/2013 2:01 pm
A: This is a great question―and I understand your concern. I might not be able to respond on behalf of all of the stakeholders referenced in your question, but what I can offer is my perspective as a farmer. What I know and see every day is that farmers are free to choose what seeds they use to grow their crops based on what is best for their farms, market demand and local growing environment. In fact, many farmers welcome the opportunity to use―or not to use―the new traits that are... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 1/26/2014 7:39 am