QWhy are genetically modified crops increasing the use of herbicides and pesticides? I thought the claim was that they would decrease use?
Question submitted By: JadahParadoxWhy are genetically modified crops increasing the use of herbicides and pesticides? I thought the claim was that they would decrease use?
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Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Alan Jones, Ph.D., Kenen Distinguished Professor, Biology Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • on July 20, 2018
Before the advent of genetically engineering plants for resistance to bacteria and viruses, farmers used chemicals - lots and lots of chemicals - to control pathogenic bacteria and the insects that transmit the plant viruses. So the non-GMO method to control plant pathogens is bad on the environment and farmer’s health, and possibly unsafe for us consumers too. Genetically modifying papaya to be resistant to a deadly virus saved the papaya industry and there really was no other... Read More
Posted on May 7, 2018
Response from: Christopher Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology • on June 25, 2018
Hi and thanks for the question! I think you may have been inspired by recent reports on the discovery of the human gene PDE10A. This gene helps the Bajau people (a marine hunter-gatherer people living in southeast Asia) dive deeper and for greater duration. This genetic adaption increases the size of their spleen, which helps the Bajau perform in low-oxygen environments. At the same time, new techniques for editing DNA (of all organisms) has many people excited about curing human genetic... Read More
Can a gardener buy gmo squash seeds and how much are they? I am a biologist and am not afraid of gmos.
Posted on June 25, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on June 25, 2018
Thank you for your question and interest, it is great you are a supporter of sciences. The traditional home gardening seed outlets do not sell/market/offer GMO crop seeds, one would have to work through a grower seed dealer/distributor, which would require appropriate licensing and a contract agreement. So anyone can purchase GM seed varieties – it simply requires going through a farm supply company, getting the required licensing and signing a contract. But typical gardener retail... Read More