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Posted On: Thursday, 3/05/2015 8:53 pm
Answered By: Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University on Friday, 3/13/2015 2:12 pm
A: The primary type of ‘reaction’ that would occur in response to a chemical consumed in food would be an allergic reaction. There has never been any documented allergic reaction associated with the consumption of a GMO-derived food that is currently available in the US food system. The FDA requires that any new GMO product be tested to ensure there are no potential negative effects due to the proteins expressed by the inserted DNA. Humans and animals have been consuming GMO derived... Continue Reading
Q: How much does it cost to ship or transfer GMOs internationally and nationally? Also, how much more or less do GMOs cost to the public?
Posted On: Saturday, 2/28/2015 7:29 pm
Answered By: Dr. Stuart Smyth, Research Scientist, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan on Friday, 3/13/2015 2:10 pm
A: The cost to ship GMOs is the same as it is for non-GMO commodities. Most of the GM crops are grown for animal feed, such as corn, canola or soybeans, and the livestock industry doesn’t require non-GMO animal feed, so the cost to transport a truck load or railcar of a GMO commodity would be the same as the non-GMO product. The same would apply to international commodity shipments as these all go to the animal feed industry that doesn’t differentiate between GM and non-GM, even... Continue Reading
Q: How come GMOs are not used in most of Africas Continent? Shouldnt they be where they are needed the most?
Posted On: Friday, 12/05/2014 2:00 am
Answered By: Mark Edge, Water Efficient Maize for Africa Partnership Lead, Monsanto Company on Thursday, 3/12/2015 10:06 am
A: GMOs are grown successfully in South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. South Africa grows GM maize, soybeans and cotton, while both Burkina Faso and Sudan grow only GM cotton. Farmers in all three of these countries have experienced the benefits of reduced pesticides and increased yields and their adoption of the GM technology has grown rapidly. It is therefore somewhat surprising that these same scale-neutral GMO benefits aren’t yet realized by the rest of African... Continue Reading
Q: Can the human body tell the difference between gmo and nongmo foods i.e. are they processed differently in our bodies?
Posted On: Friday, 1/30/2015 12:17 pm
Answered By: Laura Privalle, Global Head Regulatory Field Study Coordination, Bayer CropScience on Thursday, 3/12/2015 10:00 am
A: No, the human body cannot tell the difference between foods containing GMOs and non-GMO foods. They are not processed differently in our bodies. A GMO has a newly introduced gene that produces a protein that the plant did not previously produce (or a slightly modified version of a protein the plant normally produces). The human body handles all proteins – GMO or non-GMO – the same way regardless of their source, whether that source of protein came from meat, nuts,... Continue Reading
Q: It has been said Monsanto is behind the hybridization of wheat, and that modern wheat has 14 more proteins than ancient wheat, thereby triggering more allergic responses for those that are susceptible. Is this true?
Posted On: Sunday, 1/11/2015 5:11 pm
Answered By: Claire CaJacob, Ph.D., Global Wheat & Sugarcane Technology Lead, Monsanto Company on Wednesday, 3/11/2015 6:07 pm
A: People have been breeding wheat for thousands of years. Monsanto is currently developing and selling standard inbred wheat varieties, not hybrids. We are unaware of any data showing “that modern wheat has 14 more proteins than ancient wheat, thereby triggering more allergic responses for those that are susceptible.” If by “modern” wheat you mean varieties developed since the “green revolution” spearheaded by Norman Borlaug in the 1960’s... Continue Reading