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Posted On: Tuesday, 4/29/2014 12:01 pm
A: The quick answer for regulatory studies is 90 days for GMO safety and 26 months for glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides) safety. The lengths of these studies are assessed and set by independent scientific bodies globally, in order to ensure product developers generate comprehensive data to appropriately determine the long-term safety of new products. This question is similar to others on the site about safety testing and long-term safety. I’ve pulled... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/08/2014 5:02 pm
A: When my children were little, I had to watch them suffer through chicken pox. It was very difficult. When I was a child, my parents almost lost me to a severe case of the measles. I share this because advancements in medicine have reduced health issues tremendously. If vaccinated, kids don’t need to experience these diseases anymore. The same goes for biotechnology and the remarkable advancements it has introduced to farming through the generations. Using pesticides and herbicides has always... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 4:10 pm
A: “Do judges know better than mothers what their children should eat?“In the Philippines, apparently they do. Or at least they think they do.“Last month, my country’s Court of Appeals stopped field tests on genetically modified eggplants—crops that I would happily feed my own children and grandchildren.“We’ve been eating GM crops for years. I grow them on my farm in San Jacinto during the dry season. They’re such excellent crops that I plant them on the 12 hectares that I own, and also rent an... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 4:10 pm
A:  “As we begin a new year, we often express our hope for the future. In Kenya, there is hope that 2014 will bring a lifting of the ban on GM imports and mark the first time Kenyan farmers will have access to important tools of agricultural technology that have been withheld from them.“One of the world’s great scientific hoaxes has been ratted out.“That’s the good news. The bad news is that his false claims already have done enormous damage to the cause of food security—and it will take a... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 4:10 pm
A: “…Climate change is having a bad influence as well: Cyclone Phailin has dumped an enormous amount of rain on India, but last year we had almost drought-like conditions in many parts of India. The success or failure of our farming is monsoon dependent. The monsoons that traditionally provide normal levels of precipitation have become less dependable, and we don’t have precise weather prediction that would enable us to plan our farming strategy.“All of this puts our food security at risk. In a... Continue Reading