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Q: There are more and more countries beginning to ban gmos due to various reasons, cross pollination to natural crops, health risks and risk to the economy due to putting the small non gmo farmers out of business. How does Monsanto feel about this.
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 7:53 pm
Answered By: Aimee Hood, Regulatory Communications and Information Management Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 8/30/2013 3:05 pm
A: I have seen some quotes on the Internet that state, “In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.” The fact is that the number of countries that “ban” cultivation of GMOs is small. And many of those countries with limitations on GM planting still import significant amounts of food or feed that was produced from GM crops. (Check out... Continue Reading
Q: Why are Biotech companies involved in producing seeds and food appear deaf and blind to the majority of peoples concerns? Is this due to deficiencies in Federal Regulatory Oversight of Genetically Engineered Crops ?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 2:48 pm
Answered By: David Sousa, Public Affairs Manager, Dow AgroSciences on Wednesday, 8/14/2013 1:51 pm
A: As the primary job of biotech companies is to ensure that the safety of new GM crops has been thoroughly evaluated, companies, admittedly, have not done a very good job about communicating with the general public about GM crops. Generally, our responses have been too technical and have not really spoken to some of the concerns. GMO Answers is an attempt at a new start, aimed at first listening to people's questions and then trying to respond to them directly and as straightforwardly as we can... Continue Reading
Q: Where can I find the location for every study done by Monsanto and other companies that were submitted to the FDA for approval of their products? I would like to see the science behind each product but am having a very hard time finding any non 3rd...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 12:45 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 8/08/2013 5:18 pm
A: As you noted, there are a lot of peer-reviewed studies available—for example, more than 600 studies are catalogued in Biofortified's GENERA database. We are in the process of providing more food safety information. Please stay tuned. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Q: About regulation... Another answer by Steve Savage says the following -- "The USDA considers whether there are any “plant pest” issues with the specific crop and trait such as the ability to cross with weedy relatives." and "The EPA...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 8:52 am
Answered By: Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates on Wednesday, 8/07/2013 4:02 pm
A: No, this is not an example of a biotech crop crossing with a weed. The “pig weed” in question here is actually what is known as Palmer Amaranth―a serious weed problem in its own right, regardless of herbicide tolerance. As with many other weeds that have become resistant to herbicides, including those long before biotechnology, it is not an issue of the tolerance moving to the weed by outcrossing, but rather that the use of the herbicide selects for resistant types that occur within the... Continue Reading
Q: How can you say GMO are the same as non GMO to get FDA approval, yet get a patent because they are different?? This screams government corruption and warrants an investigation on why this was approved.
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 3:00 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Wednesday, 7/31/2013 3:25 pm
A: There are two separate concepts here. Patents are sought to protect intellectual property and have been available on seeds and plants since the 1930s. These patents reflect the novel use of plant breeding, including genetic engineering techniques. They do not indicate that the food produced from those plants is somehow different from other varieties of the plant. FDA looks at the safety, nutrition and composition of a GM seed or crop, as compared with that of a non-GM seed or crop. FDA and... Continue Reading