The use of pesticides, whether applied to conventional or genetically modified crops, is strictly regulated in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Before a pesticide is registered by EPA for any type of application, EPA requires that an extensive list of data requirements be fulfilled. These requirements include, but are not limited to, evaluations to determine the fate of the pesticide in the environment, metabolism of the pesticide in representative crops, and levels of the pesticide and its metabolites remaining at harvest of a specific crop as well as assessments of potential hazards to the environment and humans. EPA performs an in-depth review of all data submitted for a pesticide registration to ensure that the pesticide, when applied according to label directions, can be used with a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health and without posing unreasonable risks to the environment.
QDo you recommend people with organ inflammation (kidney disease for example) eat food that is exposed to the typical biocides that laden GMOs?
Question submitted By: murray_1337Do you recommend people with organ inflammation (kidney disease for example) eat food that is exposed to the typical biocides that laden GMOs?
If an unmodified, wild Agrobacterium Rhizogenes is used to produce hairy root, is it catheterized as GMO? where i can find regulations for this?
Posted on January 31, 2018
Response from: Dr. L. Curtis Hannah, Professor, University of Florida • on May 18, 2018
Thank you for your question. There are various aspects of your question. I assume your question refers to the use of Agrobacterium rhizogenes by scientists to intentionally transfer genes from the bacterium to plants. Infection and DNA transfer from this bacterium occurs in nature all the time to cause disease. Such transformed plants are not classified as GMOs since transfer occurred naturally. If this is done by scientists then it would be classified as a GMO. Rules and... Read More
Posted on March 1, 2018
Response from: Dr. Larry Gilbertson, Ph.D, Genomics Strategy Lead, Monsanto Company • on May 11, 2018
I’m a Monsanto scientist who has more than 20 years of experience with genetic modification of plants. I will try to answer your question, even though I don’t ever do experiments on animals, certainly not on humans, of course! Can humans be genetically modified…but a much bigger question is should humans be genetically modified? There are two ways to think about genetic modification of humans (or any animal). One way is modification of somatic cells, and the other is the... Read More
Posted on May 10, 2017
Response from: Erin Bell, Ph.D., Compositional Biology Lead • on May 11, 2018
The simple answer is that 20+ years of composition assessments of GMO crops have demonstrated that crop composition is not appreciably affected by the GM process (1). In addition, data collected through that time have indicated that general factors such as the growth environment can contribute to notable variation in component levels (2). Plant agglutinins (or lectins) and amylase inhibitors are examples of anti-nutritional compounds that may be present in crops. The relevance of such a... Read More