QIf GMOs are so safe, why do are there so many governments (ones where there aren't any Monsanto employees in the gov't) Ban GMOs?

If GMOs are so safe, why do are there so many governments (ones where there aren't any Monsanto employees in the gov't) Ban GMOs?

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There have been a lot of questions posted to this site about the number of countries that ban GM crops.  In fact, the number of countries that don’t allow the cultivation of biotech crops is small. In many cases, the country simply lacks a regulatory framework and the means to develop and implement one. In 2012, GM crops were approved for farmers to cultivate in 28 countries, but a total of 74 countries have approved either the cultivation of, or import of food and feed from, GM crops. 

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 researched and tested. For example, there are more than 1,000 studies on biotechnology available on www.biofortified.org. In addition, major scientific bodies and regulatory agencies around the world have reviewed the research on GM crops and determined they are as safe as their non-GM counterparts.

Posted on January 31, 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
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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
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