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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 12:51 am
A: Neonicotinoid insecticides represent an important advancement in agricultural technology that has helped American farmers increase productivity and improve cost competitiveness. Most scientists and bee experts agree that declining bee health is a result of multiple factors, including parasites, diseases, inadequate nutrition, weather and hive-management practices. Large, multifactorial studies conducted in Europe and North America show that poor bee health correlates well with the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 3/30/2014 10:25 pm
A: No, glyphosate does not cause cancer. But don’t just take my word for it. Please also consider statements from multiple authorities who reviewed both robust glyphosate data sets and peer-reviewed literature, quoted below. Over the last 25 years or more, these expert reviewers have not wavered from the science-based conclusion that glyphosate does not cause cancer. What I find quite compelling is that over the years, the volume of toxicology studies on glyphosate has grown considerably and has... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:39 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
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 5:33 am
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
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Posted On: Thursday, 4/10/2014 1:27 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