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Posted On: Thursday, 4/24/2014 11:02 am
A: I am continually asked questions concerning the safety of genetically modified foods and the (perceived) lack of studies indicating their safe use in our daily lives. To hear such questions reminds me of our continued duty and commitment as scientists to better inform everyone as to what we do and why we do it. I view GM technology as an extension of plant improvement practices that have been ongoing since the dawn of agriculture, about 10,000 years ago. Such crops as corn (Zea mays) are... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 12:03 pm
A: Thanks for your question. Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist recently wrote an article for GMO Answers that discusses inserted genes. The original article is posted at here, and is included below: “Genes are like recipes, they tell the cell how to make a particular protein.  It is the presence (or absence) of the particular protein (often an enzyme) that gives the plant, animal or microbe a trait. Insulin, for example, is a protein that helps control blood... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Friday, 3/14/2014 7:29 pm
A: GMO Answers is a community focused on constructive discussion about GMOs. This a forum to have an open conversation about GMOs and agriculture. If you are not here to have a constructive dialogue – which focuses on the facts – this website may not be for you. We invite you to submit a new question, which aligns with our house rules, and addresses the role of biotechnology in agriculture.  More information about why this website was created is available in our “About” section.
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Posted On: Sunday, 10/20/2013 3:43 pm
A: Thanks for your question, and good luck in your debate! Here are a few studies that might be of help to you; they were included in a response from Dr. Peter Davies, professor of plant pathology and international professor of plant biology at Cornell University: Refereed literature compendia can be found at the following sources. A list of 610 scientific articles on safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically modified crops (updated to June 2013) can be found at:... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 4/23/2014 8:54 pm
A: As Greg Wandrey, director for stewardship and compliance at DuPont Pioneer, points out, "in fact, the number of countries that don't allow the cultivation of biotech crops is small."   He says, "Biotech crops are cultivated or imported in so many countries because they: 1. benefit farmers ($98 billion additional income for farmers since 1996); 2. benefit the planet (saved greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 10 million cars); and 3. are safe. GM crops are some of the most... Continue Reading