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Q: Do Biotech companies feel they are responsible for the declining bee population? Use of pesticides are very high on GMO crops as well as mono crops not being healthy for the soil and pollinators. "The danger that the decline of bees and other...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:37 am
Answered By: Hope Hart, Technical Leader, Product Safety, Syngenta on Friday, 5/30/2014 5:41 pm
A: Thank you for allowing me to clear up some misinformation. While it’s true some commercial beekeepers have experienced problems with overwinter losses in bee colonies, the popular press has greatly exaggerated the situation by suggesting a possible “beepocalypse” or threat of extinction. Believe it or not, statistics kept by government and international bodies show honey bee populations are stable in the U.S. and Europe and dramatically rising worldwide (USDA, government of Canada... Continue Reading
Q: As I was trying to understand why farmers are required to buy every year new seeds n stead of replanting them, I read in one of the answers by Kevin Folta that this was because the seeds would not produce the same qualities as newly bought seeds....
Posted On: Sunday, 5/04/2014 12:48 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF on Friday, 5/30/2014 10:30 am
A: In regards to intellectual property rights and seed patents, Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law (emeritus) at the University of Oklahoma, provides an in-depth analysis of this topic in his response; here is an excerpt: "Plant breeders (whether individuals, companies, cooperatives, or universities, or USDA) invest significant sums in creating, developing, and testing new varieties of crops. For seed varieties, it is not unusual for a plant breeder to invest... Continue Reading
Q: I want to thank you for the website on GMO which has been very helpful towards my research on plant biotechnology. I would like your opinion on this recent study on GMOs from NZ:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14735903.2013.806408
Posted On: Wednesday, 10/09/2013 7:22 pm
Answered By: Fran Castle, Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF on Friday, 5/30/2014 10:27 am
A: We're glad to hear that GMO Answers has been a helpful resource to your research on plant biotechnology. Janet Carpenter, an agricultural economist, gave her thoughts on this paper in two other responses posted to GMO Answers. In one of the responses she explains: "While the yield benefits of currently commercialized GM crops in developed countries such as the U.S. may not be large, surveys of farmers in both developed and developing countries show that GM crop farmers in developing... Continue Reading
Q: How long was Monsanto's study of GMOs, before they were "deemed" safe? How long was the longest study?
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:18 pm
Answered By: Michael Koch, PhD, DABT, New Technologies in Toxicology Lead, Monsanto on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 6:49 pm
A: It appears the first question is referring to how long it takes to demonstrate the safety of GM crops. It is important to emphasize for clarity that GM crop developers like Monsanto do not “deem” GMOs to be as safe as conventional crops, this determination is made by the hundreds of scientists in the regulatory agencies around the world that review the safety data generated. However, it is a requirement for GM crop developers to demonstrate, or evaluate, the safety of these products; a... Continue Reading
Q: why is the south of punjab a cotton growing area , where monsanto bt cotton is growing , reeling under cancer epidemic and pesticide consumption hasnt declined ?Dr sunny sandhu .
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 1:37 pm
Answered By: G. Ramamohan, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs Lead- India, Monsanto on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 4:56 pm
A: “The southern Punjab comprises of Bhatinda, Moga, Mukatsar, Faridkot, Mansa and Ferozpur and is a cotton growing region. Wheat, paddy and maize are the crops that are commonly grown in this region. The progressive cotton farmers of this region have adopted Bt cotton because of its significant benefits. According to a study titled “Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Bt cotton in India” conducted by Council for Social Development, cotton production in the state increased by 130% per... Continue Reading