Farmers do not sign non-disclosure agreements. Non-disclosure agreements are contracts between two parties who agree not to disclose essential, confidential information related to their businesses. However, farmers do have to sign technology contracts wherein they agree to a list of terms when using patented seed technology. For example, when we plant enhanced cottonseed, we sign a technology contract in which we agree not to save the seed from the crop to replant it next year. This protects the research-and-development investments of the seed company. After the patents have expired, companies no longer require a technology contract.
QWhy do farmers have to sign a non-disclosure statement?
Question submitted By: VeronicaWhy do farmers have to sign a non-disclosure statement?
Posted on December 20, 2016
Response from: Terry Etherton, Department Head, Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University • on May 25, 2017
The only alternative is that livestock be fed feed that does not contain any GMOs. This is misleading, however, because all feedstuffs over history have evolved by classical plant breeding and genetic selection, which involved genetic modification! Thus, we have the outcomes of plant breeding (crossbreeding) and those obtained by the use of contemporary genetic enhancement (the GMO's) using powerful, precise, and advanced scientific methodologies. Read More
Posted on December 13, 2016
Response from: David Sousa, Issues Management Leader, Dow AgroSciences • on December 13, 2016
In all cases, users of a pesticide should refer to the affixed product label prior to use. This label should contain advice about planting restrictions. If this label isn’t available or questions remain, the user should contact the manufacturer of the product to obtain information about the proper application, restrictions and safety of the specific product prior to its use.
Posted on October 28, 2016
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on October 28, 2016
There are currently only nine GMO crops that are commercially available. The badia chia seed is not a GM crop. WHAT CROPS ARE GENETICALLY MODIFIED? While nearly all foods today have been genetically modified or altered in some way over thousands of years through selective breeding, there are only nine commercially available GMO crops in the U.S: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya and potatoes. GMO apples have also been... Read More