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Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:22 am
A: The concerns with pesticides and bees have largely focused on a special class of insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, that are used on GMO and non-GMO crops. “Neonics,” as they are often referred to, were developed to be less harmful to “non-target” pests and are most often applied as a seed coating, rather than a spray. This means much less pesticide is needed and less pesticide is distributed into the environment. In many cases, neonics have replaced older classes of pesticides, such as... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:37 am
A:  Thank you for allowing me to clear up some misinformation. While it’s true some commercial beekeepers have experienced problems with overwinter losses in bee colonies, the popular press has greatly exaggerated the situation by suggesting a possible “beepocalypse” or threat of extinction. Believe it or not, statistics kept by government and international bodies show honey bee populations are stable in the U.S. and Europe and dramatically rising worldwide (USDA, government of Canada... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 10/09/2013 7:22 pm
A: We're glad to hear that GMO Answers has been a helpful resource to your research on plant biotechnology. Janet Carpenter, an agricultural economist, gave her thoughts on this paper in two other responses posted to GMO Answers. In one of the responses she explains:   "While the yield benefits of currently commercialized GM crops in developed countries such as the U.S. may not be large, surveys of farmers in both developed and developing countries show that GM crop farmers in developing... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 7:07 pm
A: Genetically engineered crops are digested by animals in the same way as conventional crops. Numerous scientific studies have examined the digestive fate of genetically engineered DNA and protein introduced intro genetically engineered feed (see the Federation of Animal Science Societies Communications website for a comprehensive listing.) Genetically engineered DNA, or the novel proteins encoded therein, have never been detected in the milk, meat or eggs derived from animals fed... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:25 pm
A: While there is some evidence that in laboratory studies neonicotinoid exposure can affect honeybee behavior, many field studies have been conducted, and all report no adverse effects on honeybee colonies in real-world agricultural settings. In the field, typical exposure levels are very low and there is no scientific evidence linking these very low-level exposures to colony losses or declining colony health. Likewise, there is no correlation between where neonicotinoid products are used... Continue Reading