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GMO Companies Launch Website to Explain Frankenfood

GMO Companies Launch Website to Explain Frankenfood

Large Biotech companies want you to know that they aren’t that bad; they’re just misunderstood. That’s the thought behind a new website, GMOAnswers.com, which aims to answer questions anyone might have about genetically modified organisms. “We have not done a very good job communicating about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms,” said Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Cathleen Enright in an interview with The New York Times. “We want to get in on the conversation.”

The website, run by the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI), is the centerpiece of a campaign that CBI hopes will bring in support for GMOs. GMOAnswers.com addresses the health and safety concerns about GMOs. It also allows for visitors to submit any questions they may have that aren’t covered in the information already on the site.

According to the site, those questions will be answered by biotechnology company employees or outside farmers, nutritionists, scientists or other experts. In addition to answering questions, the site will also be a centralized source of information that the companies that are members of CBI (Monsanto, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and BASF) have supplied to regulators. That information, while public, has been difficult to find before. “We have been accused of purposely hiding information,” Enright said. “We haven’t done that but now we will open the doors and provide information.”

This seemingly new interest in being open could stem from the growing resistance to GMOs. A number of states are looking at legislation that would require the labeling of foods made from genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops. The labeling legislation is taking hold fast in the northeastern part of the country, while in the Pacific Northwest; some places are looking to ban GMOs entirely. Oregon in particular has been a vocal part of the anti-GMO movement and has seen everything from legislation to ban GMOs to agro-terrorism as a result.

Executives in the biotechnology industry truly seem to think that people will be more accepting of their products if more information is available about them, and will help cool the labeling debate. Enright feels labeling foods containing GMOs will scare consumers away if the labels make the products seem different and less safe. Since a major argument against GMOs is they aren’t safe, Enright’s concerns aren’t completely unfounded. However, not labeling the GMO products makes the companies appear as if they are purposely hiding the information. Until the labeling debate is resolved, CBI’s new website could serve as a middle ground where both sides can come together for a conversation about the issues at hand.

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3:19AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

WE ARE NOT A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT NO GMO'S!!!! NO NO NO!!!!

6:00AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Why are GMO companies so obsessed not to label food products.There must be a reason. We should have a choice to choose, but they are denying us that right. There is something sinister here and they are prepared to spend millions to protect themselves in case something goes totally wrong.

12:58PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Sorry, I don't even want to read about or see a web site trying to explain away anything about GMO's. I am not buying it...and want nothing to do with anything GMO!!!!

1:35AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Thanks for the article.

8:41AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Noted ta.

9:24PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Gefeliciteerd!

1:38PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

If other extremely developed countries (and some not so developed but apparently smarter than the U.S.) have banned GMO food or made it mandatory to label it, and more than 90% of the people of the U.S. want this "food" labeled, why is there even a debate about labeling? The same company that told us Agent Orange was safe is telling us their "food" is safe. That in itself should raise some eyebrows. The website, just like their research, is full of lies.

12:55AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thanks Brandi for sharing this information.

1:59PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

HELL NO to GMOs

1:01PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Just the fact that no one in America is allowed to test any Monsanto product thanks to Bush the 1st is reason enough to steer clear of their crap! I suffer from lupus & MS and a lot of the "side dish" diseases related to both of them and that is more than enough of a reason to stay away from Monsanto products and those idiot flourescent ice cream cone lights that Bush also forced on us by outlawing incadescent bulbs. Many peep do not know that these lights {spectrum} can make our brains as well as bodies very sick w/o being broken. After 15 minutes under super market lights I get dizzy and start seeing golden glitter falling all around me and can't see past it, can't navigate, get lost and simply shut down...these lights should be BANNED!

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