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The GMO Answers Community Manager is the website moderator who helps answer your questions by linking to resources on GMO Answers and other online content which addresses GMOs and biotechnology. The Community Manager also ensures the dialogue among the community members remains constructive and respective of all viewpoints. If you have questions about how the community is managed, please visit our house rules, http://gmoanswers.com/house-rules.

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Posted On: Thursday, 4/24/2014 10:02 am
A:  Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, answered a similar question about labeling and this coalition’s five core principles. An excerpt is included below: We absolutely do support the right of consumers to choose food that is healthy and nutritious. And although we do not sell food products directly to consumers, we support food companies’ decisions to voluntarily label food products for the presence or absence of GMOs, based on their... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 4/08/2014 1:13 pm
A: If you have a question about a specific company’s product, please visit the company’s website. The only GMOs commercially available in the U.S. are the following eight crops: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), papaya, canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets and summer squash. Many beverages contain high-fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, which can be derived from GM corn and GM sugar beets, respectively.
Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 6:19 pm
A: You can read about vandalism of GM crops in this post by Karl Haro von Mogel on Biofortified.org. GM and non-GM crops look the same. According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, “[t]o the naked eye, the white puffs of cotton growing on shrubs, the yellow flowers on canola plants and the towering tassels on cornstalks look just like those on any other plants.” If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of methods used to develop new plants, check out the video... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 1:35 pm
A: If you have a question about a specific company’s product, please visit the company’s website. On the subject of papaya, did you know that GM papayas help sustain non-GM papaya planted in Hawaii? It’s called the “GM halo effect,” discussed in detail here. If you’re interested to know how and why the GM papaya was created, take a look at this video:
Posted On: Friday, 3/28/2014 3:17 pm
A: GM crops are thoroughly tested and evaluated before they are brought to the commercial market, and in the 17-plus years GM crops have been in the marketplace, no detrimental health or ecological effects have been observed. Bruce Chassy, professor emeritus of food safety and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses this in another post. An excerpt is below. “The first plant transformation to produce a GM plant was reported in 1982. Before a GM... Continue Reading

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Top 10 Consumer Questions About GMOs, Answered

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 15:53

GMO Answers conducted a national survey to identify, for the first time, the top questions consumers have about GMOs. We’ve compiled the top 10 questions and reached out to scientists, farmers, doctors and other experts to provide answers. Over the course of the next nine weeks, we’ll post one new response each week, so we hope you’ll check back for new answers and follow us on Twitter at @GMOAnswers, where we’ll tweet new answers as they are posted! You can also find these answers on our Top 10 GMO Questions Pinboard.
  • Safety, Health, and Nutrition
  • Science and GMO Basics
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Experts Respond to General Mills’ Cheerios Announcement

By Community Manager (CBI) on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 03:26

We believe food companies have the right to select the ingredients that are best for their markets, just as farmers have the right to choose the seeds that are right for their businesses. We appreciated General Mills transparency in this regard. General Mills did a good job explaining the change and reinforcing the safety of GMOs. (General Mills’ statements are available online: http://blog.generalmills.com/2014/01/the-one-and-only-cheerios and http://cheerios.com/en/Articles/cheerios-and-gmos. General Mills’ position on GMOs has not changed. (General Mills’ position on GMOs is available online: http://www.generalmills.com/Home/ChannelG/on_biotechnology.aspx. This was a marketing decision.
  • Business Practices
  • Future of GMO
  • Labeling
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