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Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 8:32 am
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
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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 8:22 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. A number of polls have been conducted in recent years claiming that upwards of 80 percent or 90 percent 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 about the... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 1:40 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
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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 11:30 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
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Posted On: Wednesday, 9/04/2013 1:42 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

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