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Q: What is the industries opinion on why GMO food supplies are being viewed by some of the population as intrinsically bad, by the public both in the United States and in foreign countries?Why are so many countries banning GMO food supplies if there...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:39 pm
Answered By: Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto on Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:13 pm
A: Many social scientists believe that “genetic modification” of food crops produces an emotional response in human beings because people believe that food is fundamental to life and should not be tinkered with. The term “genetically modified” is poorly understood and can sound very scary. What many people need to know is that virtually all of the food we eat has been genetically modified for thousands of years by nature, by farmers saving their best seeds and by plant breeders. An example of... Continue Reading
Q: The technology behind GMOs, like any technology, is not inherently good or bad but can be abused. What is being done to better recognize and avoid such abuses?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 5:33 am
Answered By: Gary Marchant, Regent’s Professor and the Lincoln Professor Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on Thursday, 5/15/2014 5:12 pm
A: It is true that most technologies are not inherently good or evil but rather must be evaluated based on how they are used. In the case of genetically modified crops and foods, there have been enormous benefits from the applications used to date, as documented in a report released in May 2014 in the United Kingdom. There is the promise of even greater benefits in the future of this technology. But, like any technology, GM technology could be abused and applied in a malevolent or socially... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 4/10/2014 1:27 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 4/25/2014 1:57 pm
A: Several federal government agencies are involved in the regulation of GM crops. This post by Steve Savage explains the historical context of this regulatory process in the U.S. Here is an excerpt: “Most industries that are regulated have a history of past environmental or health problems that precipitated the need for governmental oversight in the first place. In the case of crops improved by biotechnology, the regulations were put in place well before any such crops were... Continue Reading
Q: If gmos are so safe, why do i keep hearing about them being banned in other countries? I just read today that France has banned gmo corn.
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 3:35 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 3/14/2014 5:55 pm
A: Thanks for your question! Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, former director for agricultural biotechnology for EuropaBio, recently provided a response to a similar question: “For three years France was the second-largest GM cultivator in the EU, before the government introduced a moratorium in 2008. Since then, the highest French Court, Conseil d’État, and the European Court of Justice have repeatedly declared the ban illegal. As a consequence, French farmers are denied the possibility to choose... Continue Reading
Q: You insist that there is no scientific evidence that glyphosate poses a potential hazard to an unborn child. Could you please explain why there are several studies that indicate that this is not true?
Posted On: Wednesday, 1/08/2014 4:37 am
Answered By: Dan Goldstein, Senior Science Fellow and Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach, Monsanto on Friday, 3/14/2014 2:49 pm
A: Typically, scientists who focus on reproductive and developmental safety look at two different sources of information: animal studies and epidemiologic investigations. In regard to animal data, glyphosate is relatively unique in having multiple independent companies perform reproductive and developmental toxicology studies in rodents and rabbits. These studies show no reproducible reproductive or developmental effects. Most recently, in 2012, a group of toxicologists conducted a detailed... Continue Reading