Ask Us Anything About GMOs!
Browse all Questions & Answers
Q: What is the application rate equivalence for a field of BT corn vs a field of Organic corn spraying BT as an insecticide?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/08/2014 3:36 pm
Answered By: Peter J. Davies, Professor of Plant Physiology and International Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca New York, USA on Friday, 8/01/2014 10:38 am
A: What a great question! It even caused me to put down my breakfast of coffee and mixed GMO and non-GMO grain cereal. Note in passing that, worldwide, coffee is being devastated by coffee rust disease: resistance has been discovered, but one way to protect our crops from disease in the future will be biotechnology. An example of this is GMO blight-resistant chestnut, where a gene from wheat destroys the plant-damaging toxic chemical produced by the fungus, so rendering the tree disease-resistant... Continue Reading
Q: I know that farming and agriculture is a almost tradition Im some families. How would the ancestors of GM farmers feel about the growers spraying their crops with pounds of pesticides and herbicides just to yield more product and therefore profit.
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/08/2014 5:02 pm
Answered By: Mary Mertz, Farmer on Wednesday, 7/23/2014 3:52 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
Q: If nonGMO zucchini is pollinated by GMO zucchini is it also GMO? Would thewhole immature fruit or just the mature seeds test positive for GMO?
Posted On: Saturday, 3/15/2014 5:41 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Friday, 6/27/2014 10:05 am
A: First, there is no GM zucchini, but I'll be happy to chase a hypothetical scenario. The fruit is maternal tissue, meaning that every cell comes from the mother plant's tissues. The only "GMO" part would be the embryo and parts of the seed; potentially somewhere between half and all of the embryos would contain a transgene. I hope this helps.
Posted On: Saturday, 5/17/2014 1:23 pm
Answered By: Jane Andrews, MS, RD, Nutrition & Product Labeling Manager, Wegmans Food Markets on Wednesday, 6/11/2014 11:10 am
A: Thanks to GMO Answers for allowing us to respond. I assume the question is regarding the sales and labeling of GMO food products at Wegmans Food Markets. We are a family-owned chain of 84 stores based in Rochester, New York. Like supermarkets across the nation, we sell a wide variety of foods, including GMO products, non-GMO products and certified organic products. Recently, customers have asked for our point of view regarding GMOs. Our Emerging Issues Team studied the topic for over a year... Continue Reading
Q: Are GMOs contributing to the death of bees and butterflies? -- Submitted as Part of GMO Answers' Top Consumer Questions Survey --
Posted On: Wednesday, 5/21/2014 11:42 am
Answered By: Dominic Reisig, Extension Specialist & Assistant Professor of Entomology, North Carolina State University on Wednesday, 5/21/2014 11:56 am
A: GMOs are not contributing to the death of non-pest species of butterflies. Some types of Bt proteins are purposefully targeted to kill particular moth and butterfly species. These Bt proteins can be produced by plants when they are genetically modified. However, this targeting is intentionally aimed for moth or butterfly pest species that would be killed using insecticide sprays if Bt were not used. Bt proteins are very specific in this regard. Some non-pest... Continue Reading