QIs it true that farmers who use GMO seeds have to sign and "end user agreement" and are therefore prohibited from testing the seeds?

Is it true that farmers who use GMO seeds have to sign and "end user agreement" and are therefore prohibited from testing the seeds?

AExpert Answer

DuPont Pioneer requires farmers purchasing seed (biotech or not) to sign a Technology Use Agreement (TUA), not unlike an agreement that one would sign off on when purchasing new software. The TUA communicates what a grower customer can and cannot do with the seed. The TUA also communicates the need and expectation that the grower will follow certain stewardship guidelines (e.g., planting a refuge for Bt seed). The agreement does allow farmers to make agronomic comparisons and conduct yield testing for the grower's own use. In fact, our sales agents help customers set up side-by-side comparisons to help demonstrate how products perform on their respective farm.

Posted on April 18, 2018
GMO Answers provides the facts that answer questions related to biotechnology, GM crops and agriculture. We work to ensure that the content and answers provided by experts and companies are accurate and therefore do not present opinions about GMOs, simply facts. GMO Answers is a community focused on constructive discussion about GMOs in order to have open conversations about agriculture and GMOs. This website is funded by the Council for Biotechnology Information. The Council... Read More
Posted on April 20, 2018
When glyphosate is applied to plants (e.g., crops or weeds) a certain percentage is absorbed and transported throughout the plant. The amount absorbed is variable depending on the application rate and the type of plant. Very little of the absorbed glyphosate is degraded by the plant and cannot be removed. Its persistence in plants is also variable. Federal regulatory agencies have established allowable limits for glyphosate residues in many different crops to protect human and animal health.... Read More
Posted on March 21, 2018
Thank you for your question. This question has been previously been answered in this response. A snippet of is included below: “Jim Gaffney, PhD, Strategy Lead of Biotech Affairs and Regulatory at DuPont Pioneer says this: “In short, yes, genetically modified (GM) crops are one tool with great potential for helping feed the growing population. The challenge is not just one of increased productivity though, but also of improving prosperity for millions of smallholder farmers and... Read More