Bill Reeves

Monsanto

Bill Reeves

Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company

I am a toxicologist with a background in human health risk assessment. I earned my Ph.D. in toxicology from Texas A&M University and my B.S. in biology from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Monsanto I was an Environmental Scientist with the California Environmental Protection Agency where I developed water quality standards. Subsequently, I worked for a private consulting firm conducting risk assessments. I started at Monsanto as a Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs manager responsible for obtaining global regulatory approvals for GMO crops. In 2014 I joined our Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs team.

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Posted on July 7, 2015
Response from Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company • September 8, 2015
Before looking at how antibiotic resistance genes are used, it’s important to understand why there is a need to use them. DNA is transferred to dozens or even hundreds of plants early in product development and those plants need to be screened to identify which ones contain a functional copy of the transferred DNA. In order to accomplish this, a simple method for selecting the right plants is required.  One way to do this selection is to include DNA encoding an antibiotic... Read More
Posted on June 27, 2014
Response from Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company • October 1, 2014
Like all companies that produce seed for crops that require insect pollination, Monsanto is concerned about honey bee health. Both our vegetable-seed business and our alfalfa-seed business rely on healthy pollinators to be productive. With respect to the question about possible impacts of Roundup herbicide on honey bees, there is sufficient information to conclude that Roundup herbicide and its active ingredient, glyphosate, do not cause adverse effects in honey bees. In addition to... Read More
Posted on May 2, 2014
Response from Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company • July 24, 2014
Antibiotic resistance genes are used in some GMOs to identify plants where the added DNA has been successfully incorporated. While this idea could understandably lead to questions -- Antibiotic resistance genes in my food? -- multiple safety reviews conducted by regulatory agencies around the world have confirmed that the presence of an antibiotic resistance gene does not pose any unique safety concerns.One of the first steps associated with GMO development is identifying the plants that... Read More
Posted on April 16, 2014
Response from Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company • July 24, 2014
As you and other farmers are well aware, weed control is one of the keys to good yields. GM crops that can tolerate glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides, provide a simplified approach to weed control and allow farmers to rely on an herbicide with a thoroughly documented record of safe use. Glyphosate is well known for its low toxicity to humans, farm animals and wildlife. From time to time, there are reports of glyphosate being detected in samples collected... Read More
Posted on September 21, 2013
Response from Bill Reeves, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Manager, Chemistry, Monsanto Company • March 18, 2014
This question touches on an important issue that is considered for all new GMO crop plants when they are reviewed by regulatory agencies in the United States and around the world. For plants modified to be protected against certain insect pests, assessments are conducted to determine whether nonpest species, such as bees and other beneficial organisms (earthworms, ladybugs, etc.), could suffer adverse effects. In the United States, data from these studies are submitted to EPA. In addition to... Read More
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