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Q: A scientist Bob Kremer has documented some detrimental effects f glyhosate on soil when used in the Roundup Ready system suppression of rhizobia, proliferation of certain fungi on root surfaces of crops..., which can sow the absorption of certain...
Posted On: Friday, 1/03/2014 9:28 am
Answered By: Kristin Huizinga, PhD, Plant & Soil Microbiology Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 8/21/2014 9:59 pm
A: Glyphosate herbicide enables farmers to use no-till practices, which have been shown to benefit soil health and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Much of the benefit to soil health is mediated by microbial communities. Many studies have investigated the effect of glyphosate and Roundup Ready (RR) crops on these microbial communities, including rhizobia and fungi. First, I’ll address the findings on rhizobia, which are important members of the microbial soil... Continue Reading
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