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Q: Ive seen a lot of info about the use of chemicals as it relates to GMOs. And both sides of the issue have graphs and charts showing general trends. But the total usage of chemicals may change with things like changes in tillage. i.e. if a lot of...
Posted On: Tuesday, 1/14/2014 8:56 pm
Answered By: Graham Brookes, Agricultural Economist, PG Economics Ltd, UK on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:50 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
Posted On: Monday, 2/03/2014 4:34 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:45 pm
A: That's a very good question for me as a farmer who raises GM crops. If the market creates so much demand for something other than the GM corn and soybeans that I'm growing, then I'm sure farmers like me will choose to grow something else. But if you believe foods made with these crops aren't safe, then you have plenty of other options. Certified organic products are out there and are labeled so consumers can know they are buying foods raised under a certain set of rules for production.... Continue Reading
Q: How do you explain the President of the US Cancer Panel 2008-2009 Annual Report "Environmental Factors In Cancer" linking pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides used in GMO crops to many different cancers and diseases? The panel urges the...
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 12:46 am
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:43 pm
A: First, it’s important to note that the report you reference was criticized when it was released. Although the report claimed “the true burden of environmentally-induced (i.e., pollution) cancer has been grossly underestimated,” an ABC News reporter wrote “…it was difficult to find solid science to back that strong statement” and the American Cancer Society pointed out in a statement about the report that its conclusion “does not represent scientific consensus” but rather “... Continue Reading
Q: Why does the President's Cancer Panel 2008-2009 Report urge the President to remove toxins including pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides from our air, soil, and water but Biotech companies continually create chemicals that are doing the...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:33 am
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:42 pm
A: First, it’s important to note that the report you reference was criticized when it was released for claiming that “the true burden of environmentally (i.e., pollution) induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.” An ABC News reporter wrote at the time: “But paging through the lengthy report, it was difficult to find solid science to back that strong statement.” The American Cancer Society pointed out in a statement about the report that its conclusion “does not... Continue Reading
Q: Following is a quote by, Paulina Buncic Lewis, one of the people who has posted on this forum: “GMO soy, corn, and cotton crops in Brazil, along with non-GMO crops such as tomatoes, beans, and sorghum, are being devoured by voracious caterpillars...
Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 9:36 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Saturday, 2/15/2014 6:22 pm
A: We recognize that this is a complex question and issue, so we reached out to experts in Brazil for a local perspective. Dr. Daniela Brioschi provided information to GMO Answers in an article, “Clarifications on Pest infestations in Brazil.” According to Brioschi, a number of factors contributed to the caterpillar/worm infestation, including weather conditions, the availability of host-crop habitat and a lack of ability to adequately monitor for the pest. Brioschi also discusses why... Continue Reading