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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:23 pm
Answered By: Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, Former Director of Agricultural Biotechnology, EuropaBio on Friday, 11/08/2013 7:20 pm
A: 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’Etat, and the European Court of Justice have repeatedly declared the ban illegal. As a consequence, French farmers are denied the possibility to choose GM technology. The EU’s official food safety watchdog has consistently upheld its scientific opinions on the products affected by national bans in Europe, repeating that... Continue Reading
Q: How much time does it take and how much does it cost to successfully develop a hybrid with one or more transgenic traits from conception to commercial release. Can you categorize the portion of costs that are incurred as a result of meeting...
Posted On: Wednesday, 9/11/2013 12:25 pm
Answered By: Wendelyn Jones, Director, Global Policy and Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer on Thursday, 11/07/2013 3:10 pm
A: You are correct that it requires a tremendous investment of both time and resources to bring a new biotech crop to market. A survey completed in 2011 found the cost of discovery, development and authorization of a new plant biotechnology trait introduced between 2008 and 2012 was $136 million. On average, about 26 percent of those costs ($35.1 million) were incurred as part of the regulatory testing and registration process. The same study found that the average time from initiation of a... Continue Reading
Q: I have been told that government oversight for GMOS is extremely lax. How easy is it to get approval of GMO crops?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:04 pm
Answered By: Adrianne Massey, Ph.D., Managing Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) on Thursday, 10/17/2013 7:04 pm
A: It’s good to see that you know that GMOs are subjected to government review, because some people believe there is no regulatory oversight of these crops. I am not sure how the rumor got started that government oversight for GMOs is lax or nonexistent, because nothing could be further from the truth. These crops are subjected to more testing than any other new crop variety, and, as a result, we know more about this set of crops than any of the other crops that plant breeders have... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 12:11 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 10/10/2013 12:58 am
A: A similar question regarding living organism patents was recently answered by Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. His response is available here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/should-uspto-allow-patenting-living-organisms.A passage from Sauer’s response reads: “To be clear, the USPTO does not award patents on living organisms (and other things) that were merely discovered in nature. The Supreme Court has said that if a new plant... Continue Reading
Q: If. Britain won't grow the stuff why has the USA saturated shops with it? We over here don't want freaky food , so why lie to poor old peeps in the america? Do you believe them to be somehow more gullibble or less intelligent? Americans...
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 4:34 am
Answered By: David B. Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council (IFIC) & Foundation on Monday, 10/07/2013 3:46 pm
A: Let me start by saying, there is absolutely no intention to deceive the American consumer by our regulatory bodies. We are fortunate in the United States that food safety determinations are made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at arm’s length from the political process. Our regulatory and science authorities like those around the world have confirmed the safety of foods produced using biotechnology. In fact there is no credible... Continue Reading