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Q: Given that 30 countries have banned GMO's, how can the U.S. biotech industry claim that GMO's are safe for human consumption and the environment without having conducted any long-term feeding studies? Along the same line, why doesn't...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 10:54 pm
Answered By: Wendelyn Jones, Director, Global Policy and Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 11/15/2013 7:21 pm
A: GMO Answers has received several questions asking why GMOs have been banned in 30 countries or 60 countries. This is simply not true. Although GMOs may be grown on a small percentage of the hectares in some European countries, they routinely import GMOs for food and feed use. A previous response to a similar question discusses this issue in detail. We also commonly hear concern that there are no longer-term feeding studies. A review of several long-term feeding studies was... Continue Reading
Q: if the EU is in support of GMO safety, why do products containing them require labels, or in some instances outright ban GMO's in many of their countries?
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 2:48 am
Answered By: Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, Former Director of Agricultural Biotechnology, EuropaBio on Monday, 11/11/2013 9:07 pm
A: In the European Union, GM labelling is mandatory for all food and feed products consisting of, containing, or obtained from GM plants when this is above 0.9% of that ingredient. The 0.9% threshold was determined by political co-decision and has no foundation in any scientific finding or fact. GM labelling has nothing to do with food safety. It is for commercial purposes in order to distinguish between GM, conventional and organic products when they are sold to consumers as they correspond... Continue Reading
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 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 developed (and... Continue Reading