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Q: Would growing GMOs in a highly contained, enclosed environment be the ethical, scientific and responsible thing to do for the first 100 years or so, or do you consider this planet to be an open laboratory where you're entitled to do anything...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:14 pm
Answered By: Dr. Elizabeth Bates, Head of Seed & Trait Safety, Bayer CropScience on Friday, 7/25/2014 1:27 pm
A: Humans have been manipulating their own environment and that of other species closely related to them for thousands of years. These changes have given rise to domesticated and human-dependent animal species, such as cows and sheep, as well as the many varieties of dogs and cats. In the same manner, most agricultural food crops are very different from their “wild” ancestors because of human intervention. Intervention in the domestication of food crops has given rise to higher-yield, less toxic... Continue Reading
Q: Ive heard that some organic farmers would really like to be able to use biotech, and actually are appreciative of being able to benefit from a neighboring farms insect resistance, for example it helps their own field have less insects, too. Is that...
Posted On: Monday, 12/09/2013 9:42 pm
Answered By: William Moar, Ph.D., Corn Insect Resistant Management Lead, Monsanto Company on Friday, 7/25/2014 1:21 pm
A: It is not surprising that some organic farmers would like to be able to use biotech. There is a push by some academics for biotech to be part of the “green revolution,” including organics. After all, biotech, such as Bt crops, is a form of host-plant resistance, similar to traditional breeding for insect control. Moreover, Bt has been used in agriculture for over 50 years and is widely used in certified organic agriculture. So the scenario stated above, wherein an organic farmer benefits from... Continue Reading
Q: Im not a farmer but would like to know how I can obtainpurchase BT cotton seeds. I read in an organic newsletter that if you surround your home garden with the BT cotton plants that it would keep bugs away without having to apply any pesticides to...
Posted On: Sunday, 5/04/2014 4:17 pm
Answered By: William Moar, Ph.D., Corn Insect Resistant Management Lead, Monsanto Company on Friday, 7/25/2014 1:20 pm
A: Bt cotton is cotton that also expresses one or more Bt proteins (protein genes isolated from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis) that are toxic to certain caterpillars when those caterpillars feed on cotton tissues; they have no observable toxicity to insects that are not caterpillars (moths and butterflies). Bt cotton has revolutionized cotton production because many of the primary insect pests of cotton are caterpillars, and therefore the Bt in Bt cotton controls these caterpillar pests so... Continue Reading
Q: What is the longest study performed on the health effects of ingesting GMOs and GMOs that have been sprayed with roundup?
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/29/2014 12:01 pm
Answered By: David Saltmiras, Science Fellow, Toxicology Manager of the Novel Chemistry and Microbials Product Platform, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:12 pm
A: The quick answer for regulatory studies is 90 days for GMO safety and 26 months for glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides) safety. The lengths of these studies are assessed and set by independent scientific bodies globally, in order to ensure product developers generate comprehensive data to appropriately determine the long-term safety of new products. This question is similar to others on the site about safety testing and long-term safety. I’ve pulled... Continue Reading
Q: Are antibiotic resistance genes removed from GMOs? If so, how is this achieved? If not, are these marker genes tested for safety?
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/22/2014 11:16 am
Answered By: Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:10 pm
A: Antibiotic resistance genes are used in some GMOs to identify plants where the added DNA has been successfully incorporated. While this idea could understandably lead to questions -- Antibiotic resistance genes in my food? -- multiple safety reviews conducted by regulatory agencies around the world have confirmed that the presence of an antibiotic resistance gene does not pose any unique safety concerns.One of the first steps associated with GMO development is identifying the plants that... Continue Reading