Eric Sachs, Ph.D.

Monsanto

Eric Sachs, Ph.D.

Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company

I was raised in California and earned degrees from UC Davis and Texas A&M. As a botanist and plant geneticist I appreciate the importance of biodiversity and the potential for science to help solve challenges facing mankind and the planet. I enjoy sharing my experiences and perspectives on the many issues surrounding safety and benefits of GMOs.

From this Expert

Posted on September 16, 2015
Response from Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company • November 17, 2015
You are correct. We can’t foresee the future, and the notion of introducing genes into species is unsettling for many people. Scientists on the whole need to do a better job explaining how genomes change naturally through processes like sun-induced mutation, jumping genes, breakage and repair, environmental signals, and horizontal gene transfers, to name only a few. In fact, many, if not all, organisms, including insects, plants and animals, have “acquired” genes from... Read More
Posted on July 10, 2015
Response from Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company • July 10, 2015
The Eastern monarch butterfly population fluctuates from year to year due to a variety of factors but has declined over the past two decades.  Pollen containing the insecticidal protein derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and found in many varieties of corn is not a relevant factor since the vast majority of larvae are rarely exposed to harmful levels of Bt protein [see: Bt Corn and Monarch Butterflies – ARS].  However, there are several factors contributing to the decline... Read More
Posted on January 3, 2014
Response from Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company • September 11, 2013
Independent researchers can do testing on our products.  In fact, there have been hundreds of studies on GMOs performed by independent scientists.  Please see additional information that I provided in response to a similar question on GMO Answers: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-learned-practical-experience-order-get-job-monsanto-or-do-any-research-supported-monsanto-or.
Posted on September 19, 2013
Response from Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company • August 22, 2013
We all benefit from GM crops. Millions of farmers around the world know this, and so do the majority of scientists. As a scientist, father and neighbor, I often get this question from people in my community. The short answer is that GM crops help farmers grow crops more efficiently, protect biodiversity and provide all of us with a more abundant and affordable food supply. But the world is adding 200,000 persons every day, and the United Nations estimates the world population will reach 9.3... Read More
Posted on December 26, 2013
Response from Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Environmental, Social and Economic Platform Lead, Monsanto Company • August 21, 2014
You are not alone in your concerns, and it is not surprising that you are skeptical of some scientific results, as there have been some high-profile examples of fraudulent research in the recent past. This leaves people asking what studies to trust, and the simple answer is that this is not a simple thing to evaluate.The belief that biotech companies limit or control research with their products is common but not based on facts. Testing done by biotech companies’ technology developers has... Read More
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