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Chris Sansone

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

Expert Bio

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 BASF transgenic crops. He also serves as a Bee Ambassador for the company, speaking about bee health and other issues.

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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Q: What is the connection between GMOs and neonicitinoids?

Answered By Chris Sansone - Sep 04, 2014

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 populations. The reason for using seed treatments is that seeds and seedlings are very vulnerable to attac [...]

Answered By Chris Sansone - Sep 04, 2014

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 populations. The reason for using seed treatments is that seeds and seedlings are very vulnerable to attac [...]

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Q: So what would you say in response to claims that GMOs lead to the death of bees, resulting in painful impacts?

Answered By Chris Sansone - Dec 16, 2014

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 stood up to detailed scrutiny. Every time a claim is made of finding a "smoking gun," further investiga [...]


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Q: What about the depletion of the bee population. Also glyphosate in round up is not healthly.

Answered By Chris Sansone - May 29, 2015

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 the country, where maintaining a bee colony was easier. As the population moved to the city and subur [...]

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Q: Please explain why bees die after pollination of GMO plants with herbicide?

Answered By Chris Sansone - Jul 21, 2016

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? Please check out these other resources that provide a non-industry perspective.   This web site [...]


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Q: What is the effect of GMO crops on honeybees?

Answered By Chris Sansone - Jul 21, 2016

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. [...]

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