Ag Biotech Industry Offering Answers to Publicís Questions About GMOs

The six largest agricultural biotechnology companies are coming together to launch an initiative aimed at providing accurate information and answering the toughest questions about genetically modified seeds - GMOs - and how our food is grown. GMO Answers is described as a new conversation, public Q&A and central online resource for information on GMOs, their background, use in agriculture and research and data in one easy-to-access public resource for the first time. GMO Answers spokesperson Dr. Cathleen Enright notes GMOs are a growing topic of discussion - with a wide range of questions and emotions. Because food is personal - she says GMO Answers wants to open the door for personal discussions. According to Martina Newell-McGloughlin - Director of the International Biotechnology Program at the University of California-Davis - this type of open conversation - connecting consumers to experts - is necessary to advance food and agriculture research to ensure everyone has access to the highest quality, most sustainably produced food.

GMO Answers is produced by the members of The Council for Biotechnology Information - which includes BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto Company and Syngenta. Their commitment to openness and access to information is outlined in the initiative's five core principles. These include - respecting people around the world and their right to choose healthy food products that are best for themselves and their families; welcoming and answering questions on all GMO topics; making GMO information, research and data easy to access and evaluate and supporting safety testing of GM products - including allowing independent safety testing of products by validated science-based methods; supporting farmers as they work to grow crops using precious resources more efficiently, with less impact on the environment and producing safe, nutritious food and feed products; and respecting the rights of farmers to choose the seeds that are best for their farms, businesses and communities and providing seed choices that include non-GM seeds based on market demands.

For more information or to ask your questions - visit www dot GMOAnswers dot com (www.GMOAnswers.com). Enright says scientists, health and safety professionals, farmers and other independent experts are excited to share their answers.

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