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Posted On: Wednesday, 5/21/2014 11:42 am
A: The decline in milkweed and monarch butterfly populations has been discussed on GMO Answers. Andrew Kniss, associate professor of weed ecology and management at the University of Wyoming, explores the factors contributing to the decline in monarchs returning to their overwintering sites in Mexico, as well as the loss of milkweed habitat. While an excerpt is below, we encourage you to read his full post, “Are herbicides responsible for the decline in monarch butterflies?” “The monarch... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 2/27/2014 1:38 pm
A: Drinking water can come from two sources: a public water system that provides drinking water to approximately 90 percent of Americans, or private drinking-water wells. Groundwater or surface waters (lakes, rivers and streams) are the sources of drinking water. There are a number of management practices that farmers use to limit the movement of glyphosate herbicides and other pesticide tools in both ground- and surface-water sources of drinking water. There are two ways in which pesticides... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 9/06/2013 11:19 am
A: Pesticide use with GM crops is a common topic on GMO Answers. We do have statistics about the overall reduction of pesticide applications, and we’d like to share a few related posts with you. Jim Gaffney, strategy lead for biotech affairs and regulatory at DuPont Pioneer, talks about pesticide reductions reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in this response.  Also, in another post, Graham Brookes, an agricultural economist with PG... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 5:58 pm
A: Only eight crops are available as GM varieties: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and summer squash. Some of the crops, like canola and soybeans, are used to make cooking oils. Some refined sugar is derived from sugar beets. Few produce crops (fruits and vegetables) are available as GM varieties (somesweet corn, papaya and summer squash).If you’re specifically shopping for non-GMO products, plenty of options are available. This excerpt of a response... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/08/2014 7:16 pm
A: Each GM crop is modified for a particular use—for a specific trait or combination of traits. These traits provide different types of benefits. One type of benefit is enhanced nutrition. For example, GM pineapple with lycopene (not currently available in the U.S.) may help prevent lung and prostate cancer. Another benefit is a decrease in production inputs, such as irrigation. GM drought-tolerant corn (fully approved in the U.S. and currently beginning limited... Continue Reading