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Q: A recent report from the UNITED NATIONS Conference on Trade and Development claims that Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Cargill, DuPont, Syngenta, and Dow Chemical impede agricultural sustainability and prevent food security through manipulative practices....
Posted On: Wednesday, 10/02/2013 12:03 am
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Monday, 11/04/2013 10:16 pm
A: I, too, read the Motley Fool post and was a bit alarmed, to say the least, because I work for one of the large multinationals named in the article, and my wife’s large and extended family includes members in both urban and rural areas of Africa. I’ve experienced their challenges to produce food and get the next meal on the table, and was surprised to learn, according to this article, that I’m preventing food security. But I’ve also discovered since first reading that Motley Fool’s source... Continue Reading
Q: Heres an important question I'm sure everyone would be interested in. Is it true that insects are evolving and becoming resistant to gmo bug killing crops Is this true and how do your scientists feel about this affect these insects will have on...
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 6:30 pm
Answered By: Ray Layton, Ph.D., Research Fellow for Environmental Safety, DuPont Pioneer on Thursday, 10/31/2013 2:57 pm
A: Resistance can and has evolved to all forms of pest management, including chemical, biological, and cultural tools, and is not a unique concern for biotech-derived crops. When resistance does occur within insect populations, this is an economic issue for growers because they need to identify and use other types of insect pest control measures in order to continue producing their crop. However, the development of resistance in an insect or weed population has no direct effect on the... Continue Reading
Q: Isn't true that Genetic engineering reduces genetic diversity? When genes are more diverse, they are more robust; for example: pure bred dog tends to have greater health problems than the dear old mutt.
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 1:17 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Tuesday, 10/29/2013 5:46 pm
A: Included below is a passage regarding genetic diversity from a response provided by Martina Newell-McGloughlin, director of the international biotechnology program at University of California, Davis. “Biodiversity is actually enhanced by the adoption of GM crops. Those crops commercialized to date have reduced the impacts of agriculture on biodiversity, through enhanced adoption of conservation tillage practices, reduction of pesticide use and use of more environmentally benign... Continue Reading
Q: Following the Theories of natural selection and evolution, organisms adapt and change to suit their environment. My question is, Will/can your crops destroy their original counterparts? Isn't this tampering with nature as it should be? Aren...
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/07/2013 6:02 am
Answered By: Bruce M. Chassy, Professor Emeritus of Food Safety and Nutritional Sciences, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Tuesday, 10/22/2013 2:36 pm
A: This is a very interesting question to which we would like to add one additional factor. Evolution and adaptation can be one response to change; extinction can be another. As highly evolved beings we are fortunate that we are not among the greater than 99% of all species that have gone extinct! The plants that we farm descended from wild plant ancestors but they were extensively genetically modified over the years by a process called domestication. The ancestor of modern corn, for... Continue Reading
Q: Monocultural agriculture is ecologically destructive and unsustainable. 1. Globally, its activities combine into a carbon footprint larger than the entire world's transport sector, its productivity depending on energy inputs 10 times higher...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 5:38 pm
Answered By: Michael Doane, Vice President, Sustainable Agriculture Policy, Monsanto on Tuesday, 10/22/2013 12:52 pm
A: I wish there was an easy answer to your question, but I'm not sure there is. When I was kid growing up on my family's farm in western Kansas, we were restricted, as a matter of U.S. agricultural policy, to producing only wheat on a continuous basis. This created a number of management challenges. Specifically, we had some weed and disease issues that became a perpetual battle. I spent many long hours on a tractor, tilling the soil, in order to manage weeds.Today, as a matter of U.S.... Continue Reading