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: Thursday, 2/18/2016 10:48 am
A: 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... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 2/16/2016 5:45 pm
A: 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... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 5/25/2015 10:35 pm
A: 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... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 3/01/2015 7:13 pm
A: 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... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 2/06/2015 1:13 pm
A: 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... Continue Reading

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ARTICLE: Could The Humble Potato Change Your Image of GMOs?

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:21

Potatoes are a difficult crop to breed. However, after many years in development, new GMO potatoes that have been bred to be non-browning can help reduce food waste.
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ARTICLE: Organic produce has pesticide residues too

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:36

Did you know that organic produce has pesticide residues too? Steve Savage explores USDA data on the subject and debunks the myth that organic produce is pesticide-free.
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A Misplaced Concern About An Apple

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:34

In this post, Steve Savage discusses a new non-browning GM apple that could provide direct consumer benefits.
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Why Biotech Should Be Employed For Crop Disease Resistance

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 16:42

In this blog post, Steve Savage outlines how genetic engineering could be used to combat plant disease.
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Five Tasty Reasons To Reconsider GMO Crops

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Friday, December 12, 2014 - 11:40

In this post, Steve Savage discusses five plant pest problems and how GM crops could provide a solution.
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Misuse of a Vietnam Era Tragedy

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:39

What is 2, 4-D? Is it Agent Orange? Agricultural scientist and plant pathologost Steve Savage explains the difference between 2, 4-D and Agent Orange in this post, originally published in Biofortified.com.
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Don't Believe What Dr. Oz is Saying About an Agricultural Herbicide

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:24

Get facts about Dr Oz's recent episode on GMOs and pesticide from agricultural scientist and plant pathologist Steve Savage.
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Do GMO Crops Foster Monoculture?

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 21:35

In this blog post, Steve Savage provides context to what “monoculture” means in modern agriculture and discusses whether GM crops contribute to monoculture farming.
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Steve Savage Addresses Samsel and Seneff study, “Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance”

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 15:14

In this article, agricultural technology expert Steve Savage analyzes a recent literature survey published by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff in which an argument is made for a possible link between celiac disease and the use of the herbicide glyphosate.
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Gorillas And The Future of Crop Biotechnology

By Steve Savage (Independent Expert) on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 20:53

There are some really cool improvements coming along in several crops that have been developed using the tools of biotechnology. Whether these new options actually make it to consumers depends a great deal on decisions made by players who have an out-sized influence on not only their market segment, but on their supply chain. The question is what role these “800-pound gorillas” will play for the next generation of potential crop improvements.
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