Information and Resources - answers

Don't see the information you're looking for? Submit a question
Posted on

That is a good question and the simple answer is yes. Under genetic modification in the broad sense, this would fall within random genetic modifications caused by applying radiation. Genetic modifications using Agrobacterium and or CRISPR/Cas 9 system are targeting single or a few genes, so rather “rectifying genetic susceptibilities” due to narrow genomes then by general increase in diversity. General increase in genetic diversity is done much more effectively by crossing with...

Read More
Posted on

It all depends on who ‘we’ is. ...

Read More
Posted on

Overall, the adoption of GM crops has benefited farmers financially. ...

Read More
Posted on

Thank you for your question.  Companies like mine, Bayer Crop Science, sell both GM and conventional soybean seeds.  ...

Read More
Posted on

Motta et al. (2018) is a complicated study, that tests a hypothesis that inhibition of EPSPS in the gut microbiome can result in increased susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens, but some of the experimental conditions make interpretation equivocal. Results from laboratory studies that assess toxicity to individual honey bees are not automatically indicative of effects to honey bee colonies. The reason for this is that honeybees often respond differently when they are exposed as part of a...

Read More
Posted on

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
Posted on

I am not aware of any genetically modified corn resistant to Anthracnose leaf blight. So, nothing to ban. And for the second part, this disease is common throughout the Midwest, but most corn hybrids (whether GM or not) already have some natural genetic resistance bred into them. The combination of genetic resistance, crop rotation, and spraying fungicides means anthracnose is not typically a problem.

Read More
Posted on

Thank you for your question. We’ve compiled a [no-lexicon]variety[/no-lexicon] of responses from a few of our experts discussing pesticides, the environment and GMOs which we hope will answer your question. ...

Read More
Posted on

There is currently no GMO honey commercially available today. However, nearly all foods today have been genetically modified or altered in some way over thousands of years through selective breeding. Although, there are only 10 commercially available GMO crops in the U.S: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya, potatoes and apples. These 10 are the only GMO crops that are commercially available in the U.S., but it is also important to...

Read More
Posted on

A GMO plant can be made to produce different chemicals. At the initial level the products of added genes are proteins, but proteins can also function as enzymes i.e., they cause chemical reactions and these chemicals can affect growth. ...

Read More