Steve Savage

Independent Expert

Steve Savage

Consultant, Savage & Associates

Steve Savage has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural technology having worked in academics (Colorado State University), at a global research company (DuPont), at a biotechnology start-up (Mycogen), and for the last 16 years as a consultant. Over the years, his research and consulting topics have ranged from biological control to crop protection chemicals (synthetic and natural product based); traits based on advances from traditional genetics to biotechnology; and crops from grains to specialty fruits and vegetables. He has also worked extensively on bio-fuels, fertilizers and on footprints of farming (carbon, water, energy and land-use).

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Posted on April 28, 2016
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • April 28, 2016
As someone who has interacted with biotech companies for decades, I’ve personally known hundreds of the individual scientists and business people in this field. I’ve never met even one person who was driven by anything like the greed or disregard you are suggesting. I’ve also never met anyone who would have hesitated to raise the alarm if they had been aware of wrong-doing. Many have now retired or moved on to different fields so they would be perfectly free to speak out. I... Read More
Posted on February 16, 2016
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • April 1, 2016
Crops improved through the means of biotechnology save land in two ways. One is termed “land sparing” meaning that if farmers can produce more output per planted acre, then there is reduced pressure to add more farmed land in order to keep up with growing global demand. The second way that biotech crops “save land” is more literal. Particularly when farmland is tilled (plowed) for weed control, it is very susceptible to erosion by water or wind.  Topsoil... Read More
Posted on May 26, 2015
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • August 14, 2015
Scientists will never claim to know everything about any topic, but when it comes to DNA and its function we have learned a remarkable amount over several decades.  Scientists began to conduct genetic engineering experiments around 1972. By 1975 the growing community of researchers in that field voluntarily convened the Asilomar Conference where they self-imposed very cautionary guidelines and restrictions for lab research. Those were only relaxed over time as more knowledge was gained... Read More
Posted on July 13, 2015
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • July 1, 2015
There are many interesting and valuable crop traits that could be achieved with current and next-generation genetic engineering tools. Because of the massive investment in biotechnology for medical and industrial applications, the cost of doing basic genetic engineering of a plant is now a small fraction of what it was 20 years ago. Many key patents have now expired, so it is even easier for diverse entities to develop new traits. The largest remaining cost, and the slowest step, is now the... Read More
Posted on February 6, 2015
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • October 2, 2015
The short answer is no – Monsanto has never paid me to write anything about GMO crops. The time I have spent since 2009 blogging or answering questions on the GMO Answers site is un-compensated, and my consulting income is actually reduced because of the competition for time. It’s sort of my anti-career. I do work for companies that develop agricultural technologies, but in those cases I am being paid for information, problem solving and strategic advice on research... Read More
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