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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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Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:38 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 is... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 12:44 am
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