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Q: Why are many of the founding members of this website against Prop 37? Don't you believe the public has a right to know where their food comes from and how it was created?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/17/2013 5:59 pm
Answered By: Neal Van Alfen, Professor, UC Davis on Tuesday, 8/13/2013 12:38 pm
A: This seems to be a fair and reasonable request―to know how our food was created. Food is already labeled with its ingredients when it has been processed, and warnings are sometimes included on labels. So why not let the consumer know if any of the components of the food were GMOs? The reason food is not labeled as containing GMOs is that mandatory food labeling is used only to provide information that may be important for consumers to make food choices regarding... Continue Reading
Q: (ref: 'What is GMO Answers' under the 'about' link) The first item is specified as: "Respecting people around the world and their right to choose healthy food products that are best for themselves and their families;"...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 12:21 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Tuesday, 8/13/2013 12:14 pm
A: Cathleen Enright, executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, has answered a similar question. You can view the response here.
Q: How does the Biotechnology Council live up to its first principle, "Respecting people around the world and their right to choose healthy food products that are best for themselves and their families", by opposing GMO labeling of foods?...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 8:13 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 8/08/2013 11:49 pm
A: Thank you for this question. I am very glad you asked it. 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, so consumers who wish to can choose food that is not made with GM ingredients. Some companies have opted to use such voluntarily labels such as “USDA Organic... Continue Reading
Q: Why do you oppose labeling GMO foods, and why do you conduct much policy work behind closed doors? If your products are so safe and fully tested, why all the secrecy? Why not just be open and honest with US citizens?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 9:27 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Thursday, 8/08/2013 2:16 pm
A: Thanks for your question. I addressed your exact question about labeling earlier so will focus on your questions about policy work and safety testing. As with any industry, we are interested in creating a favorable environment in which to operate. We want to attract investors; develop innovative products, independently or in collaboration with other private- or public-sector scientists; make our customers (global farmers) happy; and obviously, develop products that... Continue Reading
Q: If you are truly interested in opening the discussion, agree to full disclosure of any genetically modified ingredients in foods, or seeds. Why not?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 7:20 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Wednesday, 8/07/2013 2:07 am
A: This and related questions about labeling are great questions. We are often accused of being against labeling. We are not. Let’s address seed labeling first. We support farmers’ right to choose the seeds that are the best fit for their individual farms. The individual GM seed products sold by our companies (we sell conventional and organic seeds, too) are clearly identified as containing GM traits, and farmers choose and are aware of the type of product they are buying. They... Continue Reading