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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 Company 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
Q: If your so proud of your GMO products and youre trying to say its good for me, then surley the government wont mind if there are GMO labels... right??
Posted On: Tuesday, 2/11/2014 8:35 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 5:13 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
Q: A gene can behave in different ways depending on the genome in which it is contained. How can genetic engineers perform tests to be sure that a gene transferred from, say, a bacterium into a plant will result in the desired effect only?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:44 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 1/30/2014 12:16 am
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
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 10:48 am
Answered By: Sarah Lukie, Managing Director, Regulatory and Multilateral Affairs, Plant Biotechnology at CropLife International on Tuesday, 1/14/2014 5:00 pm
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