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: August 31, 2018
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • October 4, 2018
There is actually a great deal of genetic diversity among the hybrids and varieties that have also had a gene added by genetic engineering. Once an engineered version of the plant is developed, it goes back into the regular breeding system which is used to develop lines that are adapted to different soils and climates. Now from a pest evolution perspective it isn’t wise to depend on only one Bt gene for insect resistance or one gene for tolerance to one herbicide. That... Read More
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Posted on: March 2, 2018
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • April 24, 2018
While biodiversity is an important issue, the relationship to agriculture and to agricultural crop protection chemicals is a bit complex.  First of all, since its beginnings 10,000 or more years ago, farming has been quite intentionally an effort to make one plant species dominant in any given tended area or field.  From the plant biodiversity side, the struggle has always been with other plant species that are particularly “weedy” which means they are well adapted to... Read More
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Posted on: May 29, 2017
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • August 2, 2017
The quick answer is that the food supply available today in the developed world involves no significant risk in terms of either pesticides or “GMOs.” That very positive profile is based on long-term and rigorous oversight by regulators, a history of investment in the development of new crop protection options, and careful compliance on the part of the growers as they use these technologies on their farms.   As consumers our risk associated with consuming pesticides is... Read More
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Posted on: May 29, 2017
Response from Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • August 16, 2017
GMO crops are not "banned" in any countries around the world in the normal sense of that word. Usually when something is banned for consumption, etc., it is because some problem emerged that needed a response. The history of regulation for biotech crops is quite different in that there were regulatory approval processes developed long before any such crops were commercialized. The goal was to try to anticipate any potential health or environmental issues and to make... Read More
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Posted on: February 18, 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
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