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Q: In 2009, the Union of Concerned Scientists UCS published a report titled Failure to Yield, available for download at httpwww.ucsusa.orgfoodandagricultureourfailingfoodsystemgeneticengineeringfailuretoyield.html. Are the reports conclusions that GM...
Posted On: Friday, 8/01/2014 2:12 pm
Answered By: Janet Carpenter, Owner, J E Carpenter Consulting LLC M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics on Thursday, 9/04/2014 5:42 pm
A: The UCS report that you mention draws overarching and mistaken conclusions about the current and potential global impacts of GM crops based on a limited number of studies conducted only in the United States. It is true that currently commercialized GM crops have had a relatively modest impact on yields in the United States, although the recent introduction of drought-tolerant corn has likely had a more significant impact in areas where rainfall was limited. This modest impact is not... Continue Reading
Q: A scientist Bob Kremer has documented some detrimental effects f glyhosate on soil when used in the Roundup Ready system suppression of rhizobia, proliferation of certain fungi on root surfaces of crops..., which can sow the absorption of certain...
Posted On: Friday, 1/03/2014 9:28 am
Answered By: Kristin Huizinga, PhD, Plant & Soil Microbiology Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 9:59 pm
A: Glyphosate herbicide enables farmers to use no-till practices, which have been shown to benefit soil health and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Much of the benefit to soil health is mediated by microbial communities. Many studies have investigated the effect of glyphosate and Roundup Ready (RR) crops on these microbial communities, including rhizobia and fungi. First, I’ll address the findings on rhizobia, which are important members of the microbial soil... Continue Reading
Q: It would improve us doubters' confidence if you would allow truly independent labs (not associated with, supported or controlled by biotech companies) to conduct long term tests on the impact of glyphosate, pesticide-producing plants and other...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:04 pm
Answered By: Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 8:37 pm
A: You are not alone in your concerns, and it is not surprising that you are skeptical of some scientific results, as there have been some high-profile examples of fraudulent research in the recent past. This leaves people asking what studies to trust, and the simple answer is that this is not a simple thing to evaluate.The belief that biotech companies limit or control research with their products is common but not based on facts. Testing done by biotech companies’ technology developers has... 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