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Q: I don't understand how you can say GMO food is safe, when farmers are spraying glyphosate on their crops. Glyphosate becomes systemic in the plant and cannot be washed off, and recent studies show a strong link between glyphosate and breast...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 3:28 pm
Answered By: Marian Bleeke, Fate and Metabolism Platform Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 11/08/2013 8:04 pm
A: Your first question involves breast cancer, and I’d recommend you review a response that my colleague John Swarthout provided to a similar question posed on this site. Regarding your other question, it is true that glyphosate is a chelating agent, but that does not imply that it makes nutrients “unavailable in the soil.” Let me explain why. First, chelation is a natural and important process in soil. Metals are mostly present in soil as solids and need to be dissolved to be taken up... Continue Reading
Q: There has been lots of circulation on the internet about Bayer and Syngenta producing a seed treatment that kills honey bees. There is a request to sign a petition banning the treatment. What is the scientific basis for the issue?
Posted On: Saturday, 9/07/2013 9:57 am
Answered By: Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Analyst, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) on Friday, 11/08/2013 4:08 pm
A: The seed treatment involves coating seeds with a new kind of insecticide called neonicotinoids, so that the chemicals become part of the plant’s physiology – and only affect insects that feed on the crops. (Generalized spraying with pesticides – or with live Bt bacteria, which some organic food growers use to protect their crops – can affect many more insects than the targeted pests.) Contrary to what the petition suggests or what you may have read elsewhere, extensive research has shown that... Continue Reading
Q: Monsanto's "Bt corn" is equipped with a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which produces Bt toxin-a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them. Apparently this BT corn has been...
Posted On: Saturday, 9/21/2013 9:59 pm
Answered By: Matthew Carroll, Ph.D., Entomology, Corn Rootworm Defense Lead, Monsanto on Friday, 11/08/2013 2:14 pm
A: Corn rootworms are one of the most devastating insect pests of corn in the United States. They inflict damage as larvae feeding on the roots of young corn plants in farmers’ fields. This damage inhibits the plant's ability to take up water and nutrients, decreases its ability to develop and remain upright, and ultimately leads to yield loss. As you mentioned, Monsanto and other companies have developed insect-protected plants using B.t. (Bacillus thuringiensis) in order to... Continue Reading
Q: How do you remove Glyphosate from runoff water from agricultural land? How do you prevent glyphosate from entering the drinking water supply? How do you prevent glyphosate from contaminating our salmon? How do you prevent glyphosate from...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:27 am
Answered By: Donna Farmer, Ph.D., Chemistry Stewardship Lead, Monsanto on Thursday, 11/07/2013 3:09 pm
A: You have a number of questions and comments, and I will try to address each one of them. Having worked in our Product Safety Center and now in Stewardship, I can assure you that the safety of our products is of critical importance to my colleagues and me. When we see claims that glyphosate is associated with neural tube defects or any other adverse health effect, we take them very seriously and review all relevant information. Let’s first talk about what we know about... Continue Reading
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