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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 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 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
Posted On: Friday, 5/02/2014 11:25 am
Answered By: Rod Herman, Science Advisor, Biotechnology Regulatory Sciences Group, Regulatory Science and Government Affairs Department, Dow AgroSciences on Monday, 6/30/2014 2:20 pm
A: If you were to look for a common theme among most of the questions and responses on GMO Answers, your question would be it! GMOs have been in our food supply for almost 20 years, and GM ingredients are found in 70 to 80 percent of the foods on your grocery store shelves. If GMOs were not safe, we would have a big problem. Fortunately, science shows us that there is no evidence of harm from GMOs. GM crops are repeatedly and extensively tested for consumer and environmental safety, and... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 3/01/2014 2:35 pm
Answered By: Michael Weeks, US Registration Manager, United States, Bayer CropScience on Friday, 5/30/2014 5:48 pm
A: Thank you for posting your question concerning pollination restrictions and the effects on GMOs in the U.S. Farmers can grow organic, GM and conventional crops in the same area, and in fact, many growers use all three of these types of farming practices on the same farm and do grow organic corn next to GM corn. In order to minimize pollen flow between these crops, growers utilize many management practices. For example, farmers may plant at recommended separation distances, time their... 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