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Charlie Arnot

CEO of The Center for Food Integrity

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Q: Why does most of America not know about GMOs?

Answered By Community Manager - Aug 04, 2015

A: GMO Answers was created to do a better job answering questions about GMOs. However, we recognize that the industry has not done the best job in communicating about GMOs – what they are, how they are made, or what the data says. There is a lot of misinformation and it is our goal to make information about GMOs in food and agriculture easier to access and understand. In fact, we went to SXSW this year to talk to people and answer their questions about GMOs directly.   Did you know that GMOs are helping to feed the growing global population? There are a few benefits many people may rea [...]

Answered By Charlie Arnot - Dec 04, 2015

A: It’s not that most of America doesn’t know about GMOs. It’s what some believe about the technology that sparks the controversy. In a perfect world the social decision-making process would be logical and rational, but it’s more complicated than that. Today’s environment is one in which many factors drive consumer opinions, feelings and beliefs – particularly when it comes to emotion-laden issues like GMOs – and facts are only one element in the decision-making equation. When GMOs were introduced almost two decades ago, both scientific studies and regulatory bodies concluded they were safe, [...]

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Q: Why must I get my news from Social Media on GMOs since I dont hear anything on mainstream media? Why is the word GMO so censored on news channels when it is rampant on the Internet. That troubles me.

Answered By Charlie Arnot - Nov 17, 2015

A: No matter what science says, the GMO issue remains a contentious one. The internet has fostered the formation of online communities where people whose values and interests align can gather and share information. Marketer and digital expert Seth Godin calls them “tribes” and says their formation requires only two things: a shared interest and a way to communicate. To some people, GMOs are a food safety issue and there’s nothing quite as personal as the food we eat and feed our families, so emotions can run high. Mainstream media tend to cover issues and topics of interest to a broad audience. W [...]

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