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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
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:25 pm
A: Neonicotinoids (e.g., imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam) are widely used in agricultural landscapes as a systemic, broad-spectrum insecticide. Neonicotinoids are used more than any other class of insecticide worldwide and are frequently found in seed coatings, foliar sprays and granular formulations. While their toxicity to humans is low, their prevalence of use among farmers and homeowners has raised concern over the level of exposure to pollinators and other nontarget insects.... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 5/21/2014 11:42 am
A: GMOs are not contributing to the death of non-pest species of butterflies.  Some types of Bt proteins are purposefully targeted to kill particular moth and butterfly species.  These Bt proteins can be produced by plants when they are genetically modified.  However, this targeting is intentionally aimed for moth or butterfly pest species that would be killed using insecticide sprays if Bt were not used.  Bt proteins are very specific in this regard.  Some non-pest... Continue Reading