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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:19 pm
A: Numerous factors can negatively impact honey bee health. Major concerns include the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, bee viruses, bacterial disease, nutrition, gut microbes, hive management practices and pesticide exposure. Read more on the state of honey bee health in this report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Bee health is accepted by the scientific community as a complex issue with no single factor responsible for the decline of the bee population... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 8:39 pm
A: Bee health is an important issue for everyone, and the research-based learning network site eXtensionprovides an excellent summary of the issue. Major concerns include the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, bee viruses, bacterial disease, nutrition, gut microbes, hive management practices and pesticide exposure. Genetically modified (GM) plants and their impact on honey bees have been widely studied, and the results indicate that GM plants are not harmful to bees. A 2001 review... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 1/01/2014 1:22 pm
A: Many claims have been made on the Internet that use of glyphosate-resistant (GR) crops and glyphosate can change the composition of soil because glyphosate is a strong chelator- a compound that can bind with metal ions- that will bind to micronutrients in soil. It is also claimed that this will increase the potential for disease to affect plants, or even cause new pathogenic bacteria to be present in the soil that can affect plant, animal and human health. These have all been used as reasons... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 9/20/2013 9:30 pm
A: In approving genetically modified crops, such as soybeans, with dual herbicide tolerance, USDA evaluates the safety of the crop, while EPA assesses the safety of the pesticide used on the crop, which includes consideration of the potential risk of an adverse health effect, such as cancer. Based on exposure estimates provided by EPA (2011), the likelihood that humans are exposed to carcinogenic levels of isoxaflutole (IFT) is extremely low. First and foremost, it should be emphasized that the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 3/02/2014 10:13 pm
A: This is an important question and has been discussed several times on GMO Answers. You might be interested in these graphics briefly outlining the history of crop modification.   According to Dr. Bruce Chassy, professor emeritus of food safety and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, “GM crops have been planted on more than 2 billion hectares by more than 17 million farmers over 17 years in about 30 countries, with no adverse ecological impacts... Continue Reading

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