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Q: What is the longest study performed on the health effects of ingesting GMOs and GMOs that have been sprayed with roundup?
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/29/2014 12:01 pm
Answered By: David Saltmiras, Toxicology Manager, Monsanto on Thursday, 7/24/2014 6:12 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
Posted On: Friday, 5/09/2014 1:33 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Friday, 6/27/2014 10:06 am
A: I'm glad to answer your question as a scientist, but also as someone who is raising his niece. I'd never give her something dangerous, and in our house we absolutely do not worry about GM foods. Your question implies a negative effect of the technology, much like that derived from anti-GM websites. The scientific answer is that there are absolutely no cases of any harm from this technology in 17 years of use. That's in small children and adults — no problems. If you search the web... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 1/08/2014 8:17 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Friday, 6/27/2014 10:03 am
A: Both realize the need to produce more food with fewer inputs — to do more with less. We need more food and better-quality food, made with less water, less pesticide, less labor and less fuel, and with sensitivity to the environment. We need to help those in the developing world. That's the good news. We are all on the same page. Those against GMOs need to understand the science and how it is being stopped from helping solve the problems we all have identified. Solutions exist, but... Continue Reading
Q: Why is it that research is showing that since GMOs have been introduced into our foods that people are becoming ill and are now developing illnesses that will or can kill them in the long run?
Posted On: Thursday, 4/24/2014 11:02 am
Answered By: Catherine Feuillet, Head of Trait Research, Bayer CropScience on Thursday, 6/19/2014 3:37 pm
A: I am continually asked questions concerning the safety of genetically modified foods and the (perceived) lack of studies indicating their safe use in our daily lives. To hear such questions reminds me of our continued duty and commitment as scientists to better inform everyone as to what we do and why we do it. I view GM technology as an extension of plant improvement practices that have been ongoing since the dawn of agriculture, about 10,000 years ago. Such crops as corn (Zea mays) are... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 5/27/2014 10:53 pm
Answered By: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician on Thursday, 6/12/2014 5:39 pm
A: That's an easy question to ask and a very difficult one to answer. There are some circles that would lead you to believe that it’s a simple matter of putting the acronym "GMO" on a label. For people who haven't followed a corn or soybean seed from the field to the fork, it would seem to be an easy thing to just "put" on a label. For those of us in farming, we know that it’s not so simple and would have a catastrophic impact on our family farms if it passed. There is nothing simple about the... Continue Reading