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Q: Is it true that antigmo campaigns are causing wide scale death in 3rd world nations? Could you explain the situation to me, I used to think gmo was a bad idea until someone told me this.
Posted On: Sunday, 7/13/2014 5:07 pm
Answered By: Cecilia Chi-Ham , Director Science & Technology, PIPRA on Friday, 8/08/2014 1:36 pm
A: Many developing countries, including the one I am from, Honduras, are benefiting from GM and biotechnology. Corn is one of the staple crops in Honduras; however, almost 50 percent of the corn is imported. As a result, governmental food-security strategies include adoption of hybrid and GM corn to improve national production. In Honduras, anti-GMO activists have not been as vocal as they are in other parts of the world. In contrast, anti-GMO activists have been extremely vocal in the case of... Continue Reading
Q: What was happening in the society that supported the rise of the turning point when scientists decided to create GMOs?
Posted On: Tuesday, 2/25/2014 12:45 pm
Answered By: Kent Bradford, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis on Friday, 8/08/2014 1:26 pm
A: I don’t think any decision to apply GM methods was driven by what was happening in society, per se. It was driven by advances in science and technology that made it possible to do genetic engineering. There were obvious targets to try in agriculture (herbicide tolerance and insect resistance), and particularly companies who had interests in these areas focused on it and made it work. Public-sector research continued also, with some successes (virus-resistant papaya). In those early days,... Continue Reading
Q: Can you comment on these studies listed on a web site called 5 reasons to be concerned about GMOs? While Monsanto initially marketed Roundup as being safer than table salt, several studies have pointed to health risks. A 2008 study in Sweden linked...
Posted On: Saturday, 3/22/2014 10:34 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Monday, 8/04/2014 8:47 pm
A: I'm glad to comment on these points. First, look at the dates. These are results, almost a decade old, that nobody else has repeated. Think about it. In science, everyone wants to be number two! If these results were real, they would have opened new worlds of inquiry with many labs and hundreds of papers. When we talk about Roundup, we need to consider two things: toxicity and exposure. First, let's talk exposure. It is applied weeks before there is product on the plant, so even plants... Continue Reading
Q: What role do academic scientists, i.e. researchers at universities and government labs, play in the development of new GMOs? Surely it is not only scientists working for biotech companies who are interested in developing crops that are more...
Posted On: Saturday, 7/12/2014 9:06 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Monday, 8/04/2014 8:46 pm
A: Academic researchers are an odd lot. They (we) could make a few more bucks in industry, would not have to write grants (which are rejected 90 percent of the time if we’re really good) and would not have “publish or perish” hanging over our heads. We do it because having a public science presence, and working for the citizens of our states and country, is a truly important mission.We work for you. And guess what? We can’t play in transgenic plant (GMO) space. The amount of regulation, the... Continue Reading
Q: So going beyong basic GMO talk, I would like to know what you are doing regarding all the pesticides used on your GMO crops. It would appear that the crops that are being sprayed are literally destroying the bee population...http://www.treehugger....
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 10:27 am
Answered By: Iain Kelly, Director, Regulatory Policy and Issue Management, Bayer CropScience on Friday, 8/01/2014 10:57 am
A: Contrary to some reports you may have read, honey bee colonies are not being eliminated but are actually increasing in North America and across the globe. Much of this increase has occurred during the same time that neonicotinoids were introduced to agriculture. Large, multifactorial studies conducted in the United States, Canada, Belgium, France and Germany all report that poor bee health correlates well with the presence of the invasive parasite Varroa mite and bee diseases, but not with... Continue Reading