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Posted On: Thursday, 4/24/2014 11:28 pm
A: I'm a scientist and educator, so it is really important for me that our public understands science and technology. It is hard to see a good technology that has been used with an amazing safety and efficacy record get trashed.  So that's why I dip my toe into the discussion. We don't "think they are safe"; when we look at the data, there is no evidence to the contrary after 17 years on the market.  I can't speak for others, but I see this technology as a great way to solve problems... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 4/23/2014 8:54 pm
A: As Greg Wandrey, director for stewardship and compliance at DuPont Pioneer, points out, "in fact, the number of countries that don't allow the cultivation of biotech crops is small."   He says, "Biotech crops are cultivated or imported in so many countries because they: 1. benefit farmers ($98 billion additional income for farmers since 1996); 2. benefit the planet (saved greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 10 million cars); and 3. are safe. GM crops are some of the most... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 3/01/2014 2:35 pm
A: Thank you for posting your question concerning pollination restrictions and the effects on GMOs in the U.S. Farmers can grow organic, GM and conventional crops in the same area, and in fact, many growers use all three of these types of farming practices on the same farm and do grow organic corn next to GM corn. In order to minimize pollen flow between these crops, growers utilize many management practices. For example, farmers may plant at recommended separation distances, time their... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 12:51 am
A: Neonicotinoid insecticides represent an important advancement in agricultural technology that has helped American farmers increase productivity and improve cost competitiveness.Most scientists and bee experts agree that declining bee health is a result of multiple factors, including parasites, diseases, inadequate nutrition, weather and hive-management practices. Large, multifactorial studies conducted in Europe and North America show that poor bee health correlates well with the presence of... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 3/30/2014 10:25 pm
A: No, glyphosate does not cause cancer. But don’t just take my word for it. Please also consider statements from multiple authorities who reviewed both robust glyphosate data sets and peer-reviewed literature, quoted below. Over the last 25 years or more, these expert reviewers have not wavered from the science-based conclusion that glyphosate does not cause cancer. What I find quite compelling is that over the years, the volume of toxicology studies on glyphosate has grown considerably and has... Continue Reading