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Q: Has there been any cases where gmo crops have harmed bees or other wildlife where non gmo crops have not? Also are there any studies on the affects of gmos on bees or other important insects?
Posted On: Monday, 6/02/2014 7:17 pm
Answered By: Chris Sansone, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager – Insect Resistance Management (Americas), Bayer CropScience on Wednesday, 7/23/2014 3:55 pm
A: All plants genetically modified to be insect resistant or herbicide tolerant undergo a risk assessment, which includes evaluating potential adverse impacts on nontarget arthropods (insects and related animals). Major groups tested include pollinators (e.g., honey bees and bumble bees), predators (e.g., lady beetles and green lacewings) and parasites (e.g., Diaeretiella rapae, an aphid parasite). In addition, soil-dwelling animals, like earthworms, isopods, Collembola, nematodes and protozoa,... Continue Reading
Q: I know that farming and agriculture is a almost tradition Im some families. How would the ancestors of GM farmers feel about the growers spraying their crops with pounds of pesticides and herbicides just to yield more product and therefore profit.
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/08/2014 5:02 pm
Answered By: Mary Mertz, Farmer on Wednesday, 7/23/2014 3:52 pm
A: When my children were little, I had to watch them suffer through chicken pox. It was very difficult. When I was a child, my parents almost lost me to a severe case of the measles. I share this because advancements in medicine have reduced health issues tremendously. If vaccinated, kids don’t need to experience these diseases anymore. The same goes for biotechnology and the remarkable advancements it has introduced to farming through the generations. Using pesticides and herbicides has always... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 3/01/2014 2:35 pm
Answered By: Michael Weeks, US Registration Manager, United States, Bayer CropScience on Friday, 5/30/2014 5:48 pm
A: Thank you for posting your question concerning pollination restrictions and the effects on GMOs in the U.S. Farmers can grow organic, GM and conventional crops in the same area, and in fact, many growers use all three of these types of farming practices on the same farm and do grow organic corn next to GM corn. In order to minimize pollen flow between these crops, growers utilize many management practices. For example, farmers may plant at recommended separation distances, time their... Continue Reading
Q: What do you have to say about the millions of bees that have been dying that has been directly linked to the use of your pesticides that are sprayed in generous amounts on your gmos
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:22 am
Answered By: Hope Hart, Technical Leader, Product Safety, Syngenta on Friday, 5/30/2014 5:43 pm
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
Q: Do Biotech companies feel they are responsible for the declining bee population? Use of pesticides are very high on GMO crops as well as mono crops not being healthy for the soil and pollinators. "The danger that the decline of bees and other...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:37 am
Answered By: Hope Hart, Technical Leader, Product Safety, Syngenta on Friday, 5/30/2014 5:41 pm
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