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Q: If your so proud of your GMO products and youre trying to say its good for me, then surley the government wont mind if there are GMO labels... right??
Posted On: Tuesday, 2/11/2014 8:35 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Wednesday, 2/26/2014 5:13 pm
A: This is one of the most common questions submitted to GMO Answers. Cathleen Enright, executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, answered a similar question about labeling. Here is an excerpt: “As believers in GM technology, and having seen the benefits nurture farmers and society alike, we are proud—in fact, you’ll see many of our accomplishments under ‘GMOs and the Future of Agriculture’: http://gmoanswers.com/explore. And you’ll find no excuses here—just our... Continue Reading
Q: How do you agree/disagree with 14-yr old GMO Labeling activist Rachel Parent, who is, in her own words "not anti-science" but "for responsible science and ethical progress"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIXER_yZUBg
Posted On: Sunday, 8/04/2013 2:32 pm
Answered By: Kevin Folta, Chairman and Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida on Monday, 1/27/2014 8:42 am
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida, has created a video response to your question. Please view the video here: A transcript of the video is included below: So when I think about answering Rachel Parent, who’s the activist child – well, young woman – who’s running the website “Kids Right to Know”… Rachel was very vocal about her interest in labeling and her response to genetic modification of food.... Continue Reading
Q: Why do the proponents of nonGMO foods want labeling requirements for GMO foods. It would be more efficient if the organic food labeling model was followed, ie. those foods which are raised nonGMO and certified by a protocol would have nonGMO...
Posted On: Friday, 1/03/2014 2:56 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 1/17/2014 6:16 pm
A: Thanks for your comment. Private non-GMO labeling programs do already exist. In fact, as you may have seen in the media recently, the original Cheerios brand cereal will now be labeled as non-GMO. You might be interested in the following insights from Cathy Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology, which addresses voluntary GMO labeling; an excerpt is included below: “…The US has a history of reserving the use of mandatory labels to convey information to consumers... Continue Reading
Q: Nutritional issues, and health risks of consuming GMOs are not the only issues of concern. Whenever anybody asks the GMO industry about labeling, the stock answer is that that regulators don't recognize any health or nutritional differences...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 8:32 am
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization on Monday, 1/13/2014 11:11 pm
A: You’ve raised some important issues, and as someone who’s also worried about fragile ecosystems and climate change, I personally appreciate your concern. Let’s take a look at the source of your concern—the issues you list are not specific to farming that utilizes genetically engineered seeds, so a GMO label actually wouldn’t give you the information you’re looking for. All agricultural production methods, including organic, conventional and GM, affect the environment. Each system... Continue Reading
Q: A recent NY Times poll shows that 93 percent of Americans support GMO labeling. You say that you "are not...against labeling," but that you "cannot support...a label that conveys to consumers that foods made from the farmers’ crops...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 8:22 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization on Monday, 1/13/2014 11:06 pm
A: Surveys can be pretty tricky things because the response you receive often depends on how you ask the question – if it’s open-ended or contains leading words or statements. There are a number of polls that have been conducted in recent years claiming that upwards of 80% or 90% of respondents want GMO labeling. What’s interesting to me, though, is that I’ve been searching for the actual surveys to see how the questions were asked, and I can’t find them. This makes me skeptical... Continue Reading