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Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 3:35 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
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Posted On: Wednesday, 1/08/2014 4:37 am
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
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Posted On: Tuesday, 2/11/2014 8:35 pm
A: This is one of the most common questions submitted to GMO Answers. Cathleen Enright, executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, answered a similar question about labeling. Here is an excerpt: “As believers in GM technology, and having seen the benefits nurture farmers and society alike, we are proud—in fact, you’ll see many of our accomplishments under ‘GMOs and the Future of Agriculture’: http://gmoanswers.com/explore. And you’ll find no excuses here—just our... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:44 pm
A: Thank you for your question. Alan McHughen, CE biotechnology specialist and geneticist, discussed the safety of inserted genes in a recent article. An excerpt is below: “…To ensure the inserted gene does what it is supposed to, various molecular, chemical and biological tests are conducted on the GM plant, animal or microbe to check that the inserted DNA sequence is intact and the expressed protein is functional before the GMO is commercialized.  They are also extensively tested for... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 10:48 am
A: Within the context of biotech crops, adventitious presence or AP occurs when trace amounts of an agricultural biotech product that has not been approved for commercial use (e.g., research events, field trial escapes) by any competent government authority, but is found in the commercial crop or food supply despite best agricultural and manufacturing practices.  In the context of agricultural biotechnology, a similar concept of low level presence or LLP is defined as the unintentional, low... Continue Reading

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