Thanks for your questions. I answered them in reverse order.
We launched GMO Answers to provide one place where anyone could find information or ask questions about GMOs. Some of the information is ours. For example, the facts that are presented in our basics tab. However, you’ll also see reference to peer-reviewed “solid science,” and answers from independent, third party experts in response to the scientific questions we are being asked.
We aren’t trying to persuade visitors about the science, but instead, want to enable visitors to make up their own minds about GMOs.
Why is GMO answers necessary? From my perspective there are two reasons: In the United States, for about three years now, the conversation about GMOs has been elevated to a national level, due to what we believe is the spreading of unfounded fears and misinformation about GMOs. During this time, the conversation about our GMO seeds, and the crops and food grown and made from them, respectively, was going on without us. We wanted our voice to be heard. In addition, we had been asked frequently about whether there was one place folks could go to read differing opinions about GMOs. The “Ask Your Question” tab is a feast for the eyes in this regard.
Is it ethical? I believe any time someone is providing in good faith, cited and credible information about an issue, whether or not he or she is invested in the issue, it is ethical. But in the spirit of GMO Answers, I ask you to make up your own mind about this.