The agricultural biotechnology companies that developed and market genetically modified seeds have launched a broad, new initiative to provide accurate information and answer tough questions about GMOs and food.
The companies have launched GMO Answers to provide a central online resource for information about GMOs, including facts about their background, use in agriculture and research.
"GMOs are a growing topic of discussion today, with a wide range of questions and emotions," Cathleen Enright, Ph.D., spokesperson for GMO Answers, said. "Food is personal, so we want to open the door for personal discussions. We recognize we haven't done the best job communicating about GMOs-what they are, how they are developed, food safety information-the science, data and processes.
"We want people to join us and ask their tough questions. Be skeptical. Evaluate the information and decide for yourself. We look forward to an open conversation."
As the public discussion on GMOs continues, the scientists who develop biotech seeds along with farmers who grow them want to make information about GMOs easier to find and understand.
"This type of open conversation, connecting consumers to experts in academia, government and the industry, is absolutely necessary to advance food and agriculture research to ensure that everyone has access to the highest quality most sustainably produced food,” Professor Martina Newell-McGloughlin, director, International Biotechnology Program, University of California Davis, said.
“Having grown up on a small farm and spent much of my life in academia I can relate to the issues on several levels.I've offered to address questions submitted to GMO Answers openly, based on my personal insights, experience and research. I know that many of my colleagues have committed to do the same because we feel consumers have every right to ask questions about how their food is grown, and they deserve an open and honest response so that they can make informed decisions," Newell-McGloughlin said.
GMO Answers is produced by the members of The Council for Biotechnology Information, which includes BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences LLC, DuPont, Monsanto Company and Syngenta. Our members are dedicated to the responsible development and application of plant biotechnology. Visit www.GMOAnswers.com.