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Q: Should farmers be compensated for infecting their organic or non-gmo crops with GMO? Should you have to pay the damages to their farm?
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 12:05 am
Answered By: Mary Metz, Farmer on Thursday, 2/27/2014 3:52 pm
A: This is a question that has been seriously scrutinized and debated for a few years now. In 2011, the USDA formed an Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture to discuss issues of this type. The final report submitted by the committee, in November 2012, did not reach a definitive consensus on how compensation should be handled, if at all. However, it did make some recommendations in terms of stewardship practices and examining the use of crop insurance as a means to... Continue Reading
Q: I only buy my family organic apples and Im worried that the new GMO apple will contaminate all other apples, including organic ones. How could the company possibly stop this from happening?
Posted On: Tuesday, 2/04/2014 3:59 pm
Answered By: Neal Carter, P.Eng, President & Founder, Okanagan Specialty Fruits on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:51 pm
A: Thank you for your question, Shelly! We are happy to share that our biotech-enhanced, non-browning Arctic apples will have no impact whatsoever on your ability to purchase organic apples, nor will they impact any consumer’s ability to choose whatever variety and production method they prefer. This is due to a number of factors, chief among them the fact that even if Arctic apples were to cross-pollinate with a neighboring orchard, the resulting fruit would not be affected. As a comparison... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 2/03/2014 4:34 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 3:45 pm
A: That's a very good question for me as a farmer who raises GM crops. If the market creates so much demand for something other than the GM corn and soybeans that I'm growing, then I'm sure farmers like me will choose to grow something else. But if you believe foods made with these crops aren't safe, then you have plenty of other options. Certified organic products are out there and are labeled so consumers can know they are buying foods raised under a certain set of rules for production.... Continue Reading
Q: We've been told time and time again by various biotech companies that GM crops can be contained to a specific area. How is it that more and more fields of heirloom Maize in Mexico have been contaminated with GMO corn? What are you doing to...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 10:10 am
Answered By: Scott Mundell, Senior Compliance Manager, DuPont Pioneer on Monday, 2/03/2014 4:23 pm
A: I’m not aware of the situation you reference in your first question. But I do know that cross-pollination between commercial hybrids and native varieties has occurred since the advent of commercial hybrids and is a natural process. Mexican growers have improved native varieties by selecting traits best suited to their production requirements, including traits introduced through commercial maize hybrids. However, native seed varieties also are preserved and stored both internationally and at... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:36 am
Answered By: Scott Mundell, Senior Compliance Manager, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 1/31/2014 4:29 pm
A: The answer to your question depends on the crop. Since soybeans and corn are the two most commonly planted GM crops in the U.S., I’ll focus on those crops. Soybeans are nearly 100 percent self-pollinating, so there is little risk of cross-pollination or pollen flow. For corn, there are numerous factors that impact the likelihood of cross-pollination occurring: First, corn pollination occurs during a short, approximately one-week period; and that one-week period would have to overlap... Continue Reading