QFor every study or group of studies you cite, will you provide exact information on how the study was funded and/or who the researcher(s) work for?

For every study or group of studies you cite, will you provide exact information on how the study was funded and/or who the researcher(s) work for?

AExpert Answer

Thank you for your question. Much of the research on GMOs is done by the companies themselves or by independent laboratories working under contract with the companies.  In both cases, proper scientific procedures are followed.  When studies are published in the scientific literature, they routinely include an explanation of the source of funding for the study and a note of any conflicts of interest that the authors may have.  We certainly would not remove such information from our citations.  The important thing about scientific research is that if it follows the proper, recognized procedures and protocols, its findings can be replicated by other researchers following the same methods.  We believe the research we cite is supported by proper, credible scientific research.

 

Note that the Biofortified GENERA database contains a list of studies on GMOs that are independently funded.

 

 

Posted on January 31, 2018
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Posted on March 1, 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
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Posted on May 10, 2017
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