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Q: I find it very interesting how the biotech industry has no problem with giving the farmer a label telling them that their seed that they have purchased has been genetically modified (roundup ready, drought guard & smart stax) and then you even...
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 1:40 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization on Monday, 1/13/2014 11:05 pm
A: Your question highlights some important issues, especially in terms of communicating to different audiences. The most direct answer to the first part of your question is that it’s the farmer who is the customer buying the product from the seed company, and our companies can only label the products that they actually sell. This doesn’t mean, though, that we are intentionally hiding information from the end food consumer. While we acknowledge that our industry has not... Continue Reading
Q: On what logic do you reason one should only be informed about what they consume if there is an immediate safety risk? Quotes a-kin to the following appear in multiple answers: "...if such food presents a safety risk to a certain population, for...
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 11:30 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization on Monday, 1/13/2014 11:04 pm
A: I have to admit that I’m a little unsure about what you’re asking. Ingredients and nutritional values are provided on a food label so that individuals can make informed decisions, including about safety, when purchasing a product. If one of those ingredients is a known allergen (a recognized safety hazard), that ingredient is also highlighted in a separate statement on the package. Perhaps you’re making the assumption that the process of genetically engineering a seed... Continue Reading
Q: You guys have said that food labels are only to warn consumers of nutritional content or anything that might be harmful, and that is why you try to shut down labeling initiatives. What about country of origin? I buy avocados from Mexico all the time...
Posted On: Wednesday, 9/04/2013 1:42 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization on Monday, 1/13/2014 11:02 pm
A: I’m going to quibble a little bit with your interpretation of what we’ve said. As far as I know, we haven’t made any statements indicating that the only reason for a food label is to warn consumers. There is a lot of information, such as marketing claims, provided on a product package that has nothing to do with safety. What we have opposed are state labeling initiatives that are meant to disparage products with GMO ingredients. Supporters... Continue Reading
Q: Why are companies afraid to proudly label their products as produced using GMO technology? Why the subterfuge?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:38 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Monday, 1/06/2014 5:20 pm
A: GMO labeling is a popular topic. You might be interested in reading some expert answers to similar questions posted on the website. Below are several excerpts and links to a few that address your questions. By Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer (click here to view full response) First, I think it’s important to point out that nearly two decades of science and rigorous global review have demonstrated that biotech crops are safe. Therefore, biotech labeling... Continue Reading
Q: Why is Monsanto and other companies like it so against labeling foods that contain genetically modified foods?
Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 12:44 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 12/26/2013 7:30 pm
A: Several experts have addressed this topic on GMO Answers. Below are some excerpts and links to answers on the website that you may be interested in reading. By Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council of Biotechnology Information (click here to view original response) The US has a history of reserving the use of mandatory labels to convey information to consumers about the safety and nutrition of a product. We support mandatory labeling of food including GMO food,... Continue Reading