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Posted On: Monday, 8/19/2013 11:40 pm
A: Thanks for your question. Plant genetics and breeding expert Daniela Brioschi recently provided insight into the pest infestation in Brazil that might be of interest to you. To answer your question about pest resistance, please see this excerpt from her response:Why is the pest pressure more intense this crop season?“Three factors contributed significantly to the occurrence of the infestation. The first is related to weather conditions, which in the 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 crop seasons were... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 5:29 pm
A: The United States has extraordinarily safe food supplies, and the Environmental Protection Agency has stringent requirements for safety levels in any labeled herbicide application to a crop. These safety levels are set with extremely conservative estimates, and the thresholds are multiple times below what are considered unsafe levels. Manufacturers must submit extensive test data to establish these limits prior to EPA approval. This is the case with both regular herbicides that the crop... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/16/2013 1:58 pm
A: The short answer can be found in the last paragraph of this response, but I thought in responding to your question, I might first correct a misconception and then spend just a minute talking about gene flow to ensure we are starting from the same place. GMO genes are not artificial. They are already found in nature. Bt genes, for example, are genes found in the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, which are ubiquitous around the world. (Smart organic farmers have been applying these... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/16/2013 1:58 pm
A: Thank you for your question. In order for Monsanto to be in a position to make such assurances, it would have to have total control of plant agriculture, from planting to consumption. This is not the way modern agriculture and the food chain function. And I have not heard of any suggestion that Monsanto (or any other seed company that sells GMO crops) should control these activities. It should be mentioned that seed producers have the right to protect their invention from subsequent... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 11:19 pm
A: Jim Gaffney, Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory at DuPont Pioneer, recently posted a response to your original question regarding the President’s Cancer Panel’s Annual Report. The response is available here and included below. Gaffney’s response explores the important role the Environmental Protection Agency plays in regulating the sale and use of pesticides and a statement from the American Cancer Society that points out that the report “does not represent scientific consensus” but... Continue Reading

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