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Posted On: Friday, 8/01/2014 2:12 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
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Posted On: Friday, 1/03/2014 9:28 am
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
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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:04 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
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/22/2014 10:34 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
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Posted On: Saturday, 7/12/2014 9:06 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