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Posted On: Tuesday, 6/03/2014 4:38 pm
A: Thank you very much for your question. I assume your use of the word “pesticide” is in its most common sense, which means it can be any type of plant-protection product that shields plants from damaging influences from weeds, pathogens or insects. Thus, for crops the term “pesticide” generally comprises three types of products: herbicide to control weeds, insecticides to control insects and fungicide to control plant diseases. “GMO” is short for “genetically modified organism,” so I... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 7/14/2014 11:10 am
A: In short, no, I do not believe it valid to associate GM foods with the rise in food allergies. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education Center, 90 percent of the food allergies in the United States stem from eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish and fish. Of those eight foods, only one of them — soy — has varieties that have been genetically engineered. None of the others has. Non-GM soy, of which I am a grower, is also allergenic, so the fact is,... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/01/2014 8:06 pm
A: I understand that claims made by Jeffrey Smith, the movie’s director and author of the self-published book, Genetic Roulette, are alarming and could cause great concern. It’s important to understand Mr. Smith’s background. He is not a doctor or researcher, and he has never conducted a scientific study or published a peer-reviewed scientific paper. Please read his biography at his website to confirm this. He is an energetic, articulate and persuasive layperson who has made himself into one of... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 4/21/2014 1:04 am
A: Thanks for your misguided question, Edith! I tease you a bit because you include a statement in your question that squash is unsafe to eat, which I simply cannot leave alone or fail to point out. Squash is safe to eat as always, whether GMO or not, assuming that the farmer who grew the squash you eat has not violated any of the guidelines regarding the application of pesticies. The use of the pesticides represents an extremely low risk to health that is far more than outweighed by the health... 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