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The GMO Answers Community Manager is the website moderator who helps answer your questions by linking to resources on GMO Answers and other online content which addresses GMOs and biotechnology. The Community Manager also ensures the dialogue among the community members remains constructive and respective of all viewpoints. If you have questions about how the community is managed, please visit our house rules, http://gmoanswers.com/house-rules.

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Q: Who is funding this website? It's unclear by clicking on the About section.

Answered By Community Manager - Jul 29, 2013

A: GMO Answers is funded by the members of The Council for Biotechnology Information, which includes BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto Company and Syngenta. Our members are dedicated to the responsible development and application of plant biotechnology.  For more information about GMO Answers, please visit: http://gmoanswers.com/about. [...]

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Q: There are currently 61 countries worldwide that label food that has been genetically engineered. Why would food need a warning if it was safe to eat?

Answered By Community Manager - Oct 31, 2013

A: A response to a similar question has been answered here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/there-are-currently-61-countries-worldwide-label-food-has-been-genetically-engineered-why-woul-0. If you feel that your question has not been answered in this response, or if you have additional questions, please ask here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask-your-question. [...]

GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety Labeling

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Q: How much more would food cost if GMOs were not used?

Answered By Community Manager - Dec 30, 2013

A: There are a lot of factors that would influence the cost impact of eliminating GMOs. In fact, this is the topic of a 2010 study by Graham Brookes, Tun-Hsiang (Edward) Yu, Simla Tokgoz and Amani Elobeid from the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Following is an excerpt from this research that addresses your question. “…The analysis suggests that world prices of corn, soybeans and canola would probably be, respectively, 5.8%, 9.6% and 3.8% higher, on average, than 2007 baseline levels if this technology was no longer available to farmers. Prices of key [...]

Environment Health & Safety

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Q: Why are Biotech companies spending so much money to stop GMO labeling? In 2007 President Obama clearly said as President he will make GMO labeling a priority because Americans have a right to know what's in their food. Why in the US where the largest amou

Answered By Community Manager - Dec 05, 2013

A: Thanks for your question on this important topic. Cathleen Enright, executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, has answered a similar question. To review the response, click here. You may also be interested in Professor Neal Van Alfen's assessment of Prop 37, available here. [...]

By Community Manager - Aug 15, 2013

A: Thanks for your question on this important topic. A similar question which addresses labeling has already been answered, to review the response, click here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/regardless-whether-or-not-you-believe-gmos-are... You may also be interested in Professor Neal Van Alfen's assessment of Prop 37, available here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/why-are-many-founding-members-website-against-... [...]

GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety Labeling

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Q: If GMOs are so great why not label? And no it would not cost more, we all know that is a lie, unless you are referring to all the paper it would take to document each ingredient as GMO creating a book, in that case, make the paper from hemp and its cheape

Answered By Community Manager - Sep 25, 2013

A: Labeling is a popular topic. Cathleen Enright, executive director of the Council for Biotechnology, has answered similar questions on GMO Answers. You can read a couple of her responses here and here. If you are interested in learning more about food labeling in supermarkets,  the Grocery Manufacturers Association has a website that provides additional information on this topic. [...]

GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety Labeling

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Q: If GMOs are so great, why does Monsanto serve organic produce in it's cafeteria?

Answered By Kelly Clauss - Aug 01, 2013

A: Great question. There is a belief that Monsanto won’t serve GM foods—or that we serve only organic food—in our cafeterias. It’s a myth that started back in 1999 and continues today. In reality, all types of foods can be found in our cafeterias. These are the same foods that we purchase at grocery stores for our families, and the same foods that everyone else eats. Sometimes we have special menu items that feature our products. For example, in summer 2012 we held a special event for employees to taste our GM sweet corn from a customer’s farm. If you want to lea [...]

Answered By Community Manager - Apr 17, 2015

A: In the video below Monsanto Global Preparedness Content Manager, Chelsey Robinson, also addresses this common GMO myth:   [...]

Business Practices GMOs & Farmers

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Q: Do a lot of common medicines include GMOs? Can you name them?

Answered By Community Manager - Jul 30, 2013

A: GMO Answers addresses inquiries related to GMOs in agriculture―not questions related to other fields, including biotechnology in medicine. We invite you to repost a question that specifically addresses GMOs and agriculture. For more information about how this conversation is moderated, click here. [...]

GMO Basics How GMOs Are Made

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Q: If you are claiming that GMOs are supposedly safe than why won't you label food? What are you hiding?

Answered By Community Manager - Jul 31, 2013

A: That's an excellent question, and we are happy to provide a response. First, we actually just posted some information on labeling and why products from GMOs are not currently labeled. From the post: "Questions about labeling are great questions. We are often accused of being against labeling. We are not. We want consumers to know about GMOs and support the right of consumers to choose food that is healthy and nutritious. What we cannot support is a label that conveys to consumers that foods made from the farmers’ crops grown with our seeds are less safe than, less nutritious than or [...]

GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety Labeling

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Q: How can we trust a compagnie that modifying DNA with plasmide from agrobacteria when we know for exemple that lyme disease is a plasmide bacteria and why are you keeping most of DNA part sources secret for your GMO if you pretend that it's not dangerous?

Answered By Community Manager - Feb 26, 2014

A: GMO-Safety.eu provides basic background information on the use of Agrobacterium to modify plants, and describes Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation as “one of the most commonly used methods for transporting new genes into plant cells and for ensuring their stable integration into the genome.” According to Dr. Peter Davies, professor of plant physiology and international professor of plant biology at Cornell University, “plasmids are a very small piece of bacterial DNA. Agrobacterium, as a very specific property of that bacterium, transfers a small portion of a very special plasmid to [...]

By Joshua Price - Feb 26, 2014

A: GMO-Safety.eu provides basic background information on the use of Agrobacterium to modify plants, and describes Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation as “one of the most commonly used methods for transporting new genes into plant cells and for ensuring their stable integration into the genome.” According to Dr. Peter Davies, professor of plant physiology and international professor of plant biology at Cornell University, “plasmids are a very small piece of bacterial DNA. Agrobacterium, as a very specific property of that bacterium, transfers a small portion of a very special plasmid to [...]

GMO Basics Health & Safety