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Posted On: Friday, 4/11/2014 7:03 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Monday, 4/28/2014 8:23 pm
A: Several experts have addressed this question on GMO Answers. Greg Conko, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discusses consumer choice and how food producers and retailers are labeling non-GMO products in this response. Here is an excerpt:“Countless scientific organizations agree that foods that contain GE ingredients are no less safe, no less nutritious and no less healthy than foods that do not. In fact, in some cases, GE ingredients have been shown to be safer, more... Continue Reading
Q: Ive heard quite a few stories about antigmo activists destroying plants that researchers are growing, and how they just as often destroy nongm crops as they do gm ones. Is there any way to distinguish between plants that have been modified by...
Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 6:19 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 4/18/2014 7:22 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... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 4/05/2014 1:35 pm
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 4/18/2014 7:17 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: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 1:03 pm
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer on Wednesday, 4/16/2014 12:35 pm
A: In the United States, food is labeled in accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy, which is the same for foods derived from biotechnology as it is for conventional foods. For example, when a food product derived from biotechnology differs in composition, nutritional value or end use, that difference must be noted on the label, just as it is with other foods (e.g., margarine vs. low-fat margarine). As you point out, GMO labeling isn’t about safety. Nearly two decades... Continue Reading
Q: The term GMO to refer to food derived from plants whose genetic endowment, in part, includes traits inserted or deleted through biotech techniques is both highly predjudicial and hardly accurate. Even if genetic engineering had not been invented,...
Posted On: Friday, 9/27/2013 5:14 pm
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer on Friday, 4/11/2014 9:06 pm
A: You make very valid points in your question. The goal of food labeling, and this site, should be to provide information that helps consumers make their own determination about a topic that is important to them and their food choices. We believe any label—whether it references biotechnology, GMOs or another term—should be helpful, not confusing, for consumers. We’re continuing to have conversations across the value chain and with a variety of stakeholders to figure out how we can best meet... Continue Reading