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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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Posted On: Tuesday, 2/11/2014 8:39 pm
A: We have answered several questions about GMOs in other countries. We thought you might be interested in this response from Cathleen Enright, executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information. The original response can be found here, and an excerpt is included below: “I’m aware of only one country, Kenya, with a ban in place on GMO food imports. The decision came about in November 2012, apparently during a cabinet meeting, that circumvented the existing Kenyan... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 1/14/2014 8:56 pm
A:  This is a complex subject, and providing an answer therefore requires discussion of a number of factors, such as the nature of the GM technology, what it is replacing, what might be reasonably used as an alternative nowadays after many years of using GM technology and, lastly, the environmental impact associated with the pesticide-use changes. Firstly, there is the context and type of GM crop technology being used. This currently falls into two main types: insect-resistant crops,... Continue Reading

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