Chris Sansone

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

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 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: Saturday, 6/04/2016 1:05 pm
A: This is one of the most popular questions on the website and thus is part of the top 10 questions on GMO answers. See the top 10 questions and more specifically see this post which addresses your question on bees and other pollinators.
Posted On: Saturday, 6/04/2016 1:05 pm
A: This question was answered by Chris Sansone on 7/21/16. He has provided an updated response below.   The sudden and widespread disappearances of adult honey bees from hives, termed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), became a national concern almost 10 years ago. Claims have been circulated that insect protected GM crops harm bees, but these assertions have been refuted by the mainstream scientific community. However, there is no credible scientific data showing that GMOs negatively affect... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 5/22/2016 8:50 am
A: Thank you for your question. The lack of impact by GMO plants on bees and other pollinators has been previously answered on this web site. See one of the top 10 consumer questions about GMOs, as they relate to bees, as a starting point. The impact of herbicides has not been addressed completely but there are good places to start beginning with the answer to this question here: Do neonicotinoids and Roundup affect the wild bee populations? If so, how are you working to stop this bee killoff?... Continue Reading
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


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