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Q: Hi! I would just like to verify that the crops listed are the only crops currently genetically modified in the US as of April 2019. Thank you!

A: The 10 genetically modified crops available today include: alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets.   Below is a table outlining what year the ten crops became commercially available:  Squash 1995 Cotton 1996 Soybean 1995 Corn 1996 Papaya 1997 Alfalfa 2006 Sugar beets [...]

By Community Manager - Jun 04, 2019


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Q: When were GMO’s introduced into our food supply?

A: Farmers have grown commercial GM crops for over 20 years, but genetic modification in crops is much older. Farmers have been intentionally changing the genetic makeup of all domesticated crops for about 10,000 years. Every fruit, vegetable and grain that is commercially available today has been altered by human hands, including organic and heirloom seeds.     Then, in the late 20th century, advances in technology enabled us to expand the genetic diversity of crops through genetic engineering; a major result of this was GM seeds. Kent Bradford, director of the University [...]

By Community Manager - Jun 04, 2019


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Q: What are the effects of GMO?

A: GM crops on the market today have the same nutrition and composition as non-GM crops. Therefore, GMOs have no effect on the human body. Connie Diekman, Med, RD, D, FADA, explains in a response to a similar question. Read the full response. “The Food and Drug Administration has set forth guidelines related to the use of GMOs, and in those documents they reference the science that indicates food developed through biotechnology are digested in the same manner as other foods and therefore provide the same nutrition.” We hope this answers your question, if you have any other qu [...]

By Community Manager - Jun 04, 2019


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Q: Can you give me evidence about herbicide resistant.

A: By using herbicide resistant GM crops, farmers can often use less toxic and fewer herbicides than in other types of production systems. Herbicide resistant GM crops can tolerate certain herbicide applications to the living plant, so farmers can spray a crop with one of the herbicides that the GM crops can withstand, and often make fewer herbicide applications with less toxic herbicides. Herbicide resistant GM crops also aid in the use of conservation tillage, which can help with managing for weed control and soil health. In a previous response, Lawson Mozley, who farms in Florida, provides [...]

Answered By Community Manager - May 09, 2019


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Q: Hormones are in the 1 part per billion. Having glycophosphate levels of 1 part per million may be the cause in the increases in animal tumors and cancers I have observed.

A: You mention hormones being active at parts per billion concentrations. So, what I think that you are asking is - if hormones are active at parts per billion and glyphosate is present at higher concentrations (i.e., parts per million) why isn’t glyphosate causing problems? Perhaps the best answer is that the activity (either a pharmacologic action or a toxic action) of chemicals (either a naturally occurring chemical such as a hormone [yes hormones are chemicals] or man-made chemicals [such as glyphosate]) varies considerably between chemicals and is dependent on how much of a chemical rea [...]

Answered By Robert H. Poppenga, DVM, PhD, DABVT - May 09, 2019


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Q: Please, help me with phone number to contact, I am interested in GMO's, I want to buy the seed (beans). I am living in Abuja Nigeria. Between Abuja and Kaduna are convenient to me to go and buy the seed.

A: In January 2019, Nigeria’s biotech regulatory agency, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), approved the environmental release of GM cowpea (beans) – the first genetically modified (GM) food crop to be approved in Nigeria. This decision marks the beginning of the commercialization process. According to the director-general of NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, it could take about one year before the seed comes into the market. In the meantime, we recommend that you reach out to your local seed provider for further information.   You might be interested to hear that in addition to G [...]

Answered By Community Manager - May 09, 2019


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Q: Differenice between the methodsame used by india ,china,usa to increase productivity of bt cotton

A: Farmers in India, China and the US utilize Bt Cotton varieties within their farming practices.  According to the recent PG Economics report, these 3 countries have “close to or more than 90 percent adoption of biotech cotton”. For a deeper review on country/crop specific information in relations to biotech crops (or just Bt Cotton) grown around the world and the economic  and environmental benefits, I recommend these two reports: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2017 and GM crops: global socio-economic and environmental impacts 1996-2016.  See here for highlight [...]

Answered By Luis Burzio, PhD, Biotech Reg Affairs Cotton Lead, Bayer Company - May 09, 2019


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Q: Are chemicals or drugs used?

A: There are many breeding techniques utilized in modern agriculture including selective breeding, mutagenesis and genetic engineering, among others. Beginning in the 1920s, plant breeders started seeking more diversity than they were able to achieve through selective breeding to create new traits. Through mutagenesis they began to make changes in plant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by exposing seeds to chemicals or gamma irradiation and then selecting the plants that displayed the traits they wanted. More than 3,200 varieties of commonly consumed plant products have been developed using mutag [...]

Answered By Community Manager - May 09, 2019


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Q: Are hybirds gm?

A: A hybrid is a plant that is the result of crossing two species or varieties. Hybridization can happen naturally, but is most often an intentional way to select traits from two plants with the goal of maximizing those in the offspring plant. This process can be part of traditional plant breeding methods, but some hybrids are also GM crops if either one or both parents used in a cross are transgenic plants. For example, corn is one of the most widely hybridized crops in the world, and farmers have been using hybrid corn varieties for about a century. Using biotechnology, breeders can also ad [...]

Answered By Community Manager - May 09, 2019


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Q: Is genetically modified foods ultimately bad for humans?

A: GMOs are safe to eat. That is the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and American Medical Association. In fact, there have been more than 1,700 studies on the safety of GMOs, hundreds of which were independently funded.   In the spring of 2016, a panel of more than 20 scientists, researchers, agricultural and industry experts with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) reviewed over [...]

Answered By Community Manager - May 09, 2019


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