GMO Debate Finds Neutral Forum

The debate of GMO food production is not new – but what is new is the approach being taken by this new program called GMO answers. GMO Answers Spokesperson Cathleen Enright says the program has five core principles which are to respect all people and their right to choose, welcome and answer all questions on GMO topics, make GMO information easy to access, support farmers as they work to grow crops using resources more efficiently and respect farmers' rights to choose seeds that are best for their farms…

“For the first time we are doing more listening than talking. We are providing a platform to receive and answer questions from the public and we are putting the body of evidence on line in one place. For the first time we are inviting opinions from our harshest critics and we are committed to addressing each one.”

Enright admits since this is sponsored by the biotech industry, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta – there will be a good deal of skepticism – but she says an open and honest dialogue may win some people over…

“Food is a very emotional issue. We want to have the conversation about food and how its grown. We will hear the questions and be able to provide answers from our experts to address questions that are emotion focused, fact focused and science focused.”

The program will focus on social media channels – Enright says – because that is where a good deal of the discussion about GMOS is taking place. She says the industry is ready to take on the tough questions – like GMO labels – and that the industry is not opposed to GMO labels under certain conditions…

“We cannot agree to a label that would convey to consumers that products made from our seeds are someway less nutritious or less safe than products that are conventional or non-GM.”

Enright says critics and supporters can come together on the issue of choice. Consumers should be free to choose what kind of food they want to eat and farmers should be free to choose what kind of food they want to produce.

Anyone may go online to GMO Answers dot com (www.GMOAnswers.com ) and submit questions. Scientists, health and safety professionals, farmers and other experts will share their answers.


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