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Q: Can you give me evidence about herbicide resistant.

Answered by Community Manager - May 09, 2019

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 [...]

GMOs & Farmers

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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.

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

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 [...]

GMO Crops

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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.

Answered by Community Manager - May 09, 2019

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 [...]

GMOs Globally

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

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

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 [...]

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