Ask Us Anything About GMOs!
Browse all Questions & Answers
Q: As a farmer growing Bt Cotton in India Since 2004,I would like to know Why European Union and countries like Japan oppose GM Crop?
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:30 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 9/19/2013 3:06 pm
A: I believe your question is asking about cultivation of GMOs. As you may know, there are very few bans in place for GMOs including bans for cultivation. In most countries, where there are differences in the number of approvals for the importation of GMOs for food and feed use and approvals for cultivation use, governments simply have not yet approved various GMO crops for cultivation. This is largely because either the developer of the GMO seed has not sought/is not interested... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 10:42 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Wednesday, 9/18/2013 5:34 pm
A: I'm aware of only one country, Kenya, with a ban in place on GM food imports. The decision came about in November 2012, apparently during a cabinet meeting, and circumvented the existing Kenyan Biosafety Act and the National Biosafety Authority, the regulatory agency established to regulate the use of GMOs. Every other country that has a regulatory system in place for GMOs allows GMOs to be imported for food and animal feed, including the European Union (EU), which has a thorough and... Continue Reading
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 Company 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.