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Q: Can you point me to any long-term (more than 90 days), peer-reviewed research studies on animals showing that eating GMOs caused no ill effects? How do we know that GMOs are not like smoking where it takes years for their negative effects to show up...
Posted On: Saturday, 11/16/2013 9:06 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:04 pm
A: You might be interested in reading this answer by Bruce Chassy, Professor Emeritus of Food Safety and Nutritional Sciences, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, about using science to make deductions about the probable future: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/are-there-any-long-term-30-years-studies-done-full-spectrum-ecological-impact-transgenic-gmo. An excerpt is included below. Science is the best system available for making... Continue Reading
Q: Do you know how many nations REALLY either label or ban GMO food products? I can't find any authoritative statement about this that I trust. I would love to see the list.Thank you
Posted On: Thursday, 11/21/2013 12:52 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 12/13/2013 1:02 pm
A: Labeling is a popular topic. We’ve received a lot of questions requesting more information about international labeling and bans. Unfortunately, we are not aware of a single authoritative source which provides a comprehensive look at international labeling. In fact, we’ve compared multiple sources and note there are discrepancies between the various sources. To the best of our knowledge based on information from these sources and independent research, there are approximately 64 – 74 countries... Continue Reading
Q: You claim that GMO foods are essentially the same as non-GMO and therefore safe without proof. On the other hand, they are so different that you patent them. Which is it--are they the same or very different?
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 9:43 am
Answered By: Gregory Conko, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute on Friday, 12/13/2013 12:59 pm
A: Critics of biotechnology often ask: If genetic engineering is simply one of many tools for modifying plants at the genetic level and not fundamentally different from other breeding methods, why can new biotech varieties be patented? The short answer is: Any new plant variety with a unique combination of traits can be patented, no matter what breeding method is used to develop it. In fact, many more non-genetically engineered plant varieties have been patented than genetically... Continue Reading
Q: What would you do if you found out there is a possibility that your GMO products are very harmful to our health, and the environment?Why have you not taken basic steps to do basic research on the products people are ingesting on a daily basis? You...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:15 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 12/12/2013 12:52 pm
A: Our companies spend many years studying the food and environmental safety of our products. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. So too are accusations about bribery. I appreciate your question, however, as it gives us an opportunity to refute misinformation about our industry that has thrived for years online and in social media. One of the reasons we launched GMO Answers is to provide the factual answers to questions about our companies and our products.... Continue Reading
Q: You said you hired independent experts who have agreed to participate in this forum and respond to consumer questions. Who are those independent experts? And can you attest that there aren't any connections or overlaps of those independent...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:03 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 12/12/2013 12:51 pm
A: This is a valid question, and we do intend to be transparent not only regarding our products, but also about how we fund and manage this website. The questions submitted to GMO Answers are answered by independent experts volunteering their time to address consumer questions in their fields of expertise. The pool of experts participating in this forum include conventional and organic farmers, agribusiness experts, nutritionists, medical doctors, academics and scientists from a wide range... Continue Reading