Bayer CropScience

Chris Sansone

Global Regulatory Affairs Manager – Insect Resistance Management (Americas), Bayer CropScience

Chris Sansone serves as Global Regulatory Affairs Manager – Insect Resistance Management (Americas), where he leads the management and advances the development of a regionally focused Insect Resistance Management (IRM) program for Bayer CropScience LP (BCS) transgenic crops. He also serves as a Bee Ambassador for the company, speaking about bee health and other issues.

Prior to joining BCS in 2012, Chris spent 31 years at Texas A&M University, where he served as a professor and extension specialist within the Department of Entomology. Over the course of his career, Chris has co-authored and published 41 academic papers and has received numerous Extension and Society awards, including the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Texas A&M University and is recognized as an Extension Specialist Emeritus with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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Posted On: Sunday, 5/10/2015 8:49 am
A: Thank you for your question. Doing a simple Internet search for the number of bee colonies leads to many results. One common result of a search is that honeybee colony numbers have declined since their peak, in the 1940s, until now. Honeybee colony numbers peaked during the 1940s for a number of reasons. One important reason was to support the war effort. Sugar was rationed and honey served as an alternative sweetener. Possibly more important, a high percentage of the U.S. population lived in... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 11/15/2014 10:19 am
A: Bee health is a complicated story that scientists are still trying to unravel.  While there are many opinions and theories, most scientists agree that multiple stressors are involved in colony collapse disorder (CCD), but none include GMO crops. . The Agricultural Research Service – United States Department of Agriculture (ARS-USDA)   states, “While a number of potential causes have been championed by a variety of researchers and interest groups, none of them have... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 7/31/2014 12:00 pm
A: There is no connection between genetically modified (GM) crops and neonicotinoids. Both can be used separately or together by homeowners and growers. Homeowners, especially in urban areas, use neonicotinoids to protect ornamentals and citrus trees from the Asian citrus psyllid and citrus greening and to protect their trees from the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle and the hemlock woolly adelgid, and growers use both neonicotinoids and GM crops to manage damaging insect... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 6/02/2014 7:17 pm
A: All plants genetically modified to be insect resistant or herbicide tolerant undergo a risk assessment, which includes evaluating potential adverse impacts on nontarget arthropods (insects and related animals). Major groups tested include pollinators (e.g., honey bees and bumble bees), predators (e.g., lady beetles and green lacewings) and parasites (e.g., Diaeretiella rapae, an aphid parasite). In addition, soil-dwelling animals, like earthworms, isopods, Collembola, nematodes and protozoa,... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 3/22/2014 11:59 am
A: Please refer to this response.

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No Studies were Found.
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So while a number of factors play a role in bee numbers, beekeepers have done a remarkable job stabilizing the numbers and even growing populations. People outside of beekeeping can also be part of the solution, by providing food resources for bees. See http://feedabee.com for more information on honeybees and methods to help.
 
I have answered a similar question about bees on the GMO Answers website at:
 

Regarding your statement on glyphosate, independent and company experts have provided several responses to specific questions on the safety of glyphosate:
 

If this information does not address your concern, please feel free to ask another specific question.

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