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Plant Biotechnology Companies Begin New Conversation about GMOs and How our Food is Grown



 Plant Biotechnology Companies Begin New Conversation about GMOs and How our
                                Food is Grown

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013

GMO Answers responds to the toughest questions about GMOs, puts previously
hard-to-find health and safety information in one place for the first time

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The agricultural
biotechnology companies that develop genetically modified seeds — or GMOs —
are coming together to launch a broad, new initiative to provide accurate
information and answer the toughest questions about GMOs and how our food is
grown. GMO Answers (www.GMOAnswers.com) is 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.

"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. 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," Professor Martina
Newell-McGloughlin, director, International Biotechnology Program, University
of California Davis, said. "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."

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. Together, their commitment to openness
and access to information is outlined in the GMO Answers five core principles:

  o Respecting people around the world and their right to choose healthy food
    products that are best for themselves and their families
  o Welcoming and answering questions on all GMO topics
  o Making GMO information, research and data easy to access and evaluate and
    supporting safety testing of GM products, including allowing independent
    safety testing of our products by validated science-based methods
  o 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
  o Respecting farmers' rights 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

"We are inviting questions and providing accurate information about GMOs. Go
to GMOAnswers.com today and submit your questions. Scientists, health and
safety professionals, farmers, and other independent experts are excited to
share their answers," Enright said. "In addition to collecting questions
online, we will be conducting a nationwide survey to find out the top 10
questions consumers have about GMOs, then we will answer them publicly. We
hope to be a reliable resource on how our food is grown."

For more information or to ask your questions go to www.GMOAnswers.com.

About GMO Answers
GMO Answers is committed to responding to your questions about how our food is
grown. Our goal is to make information about agricultural biotechnology easier
to access and evaluate. The members of GMO Answers commit to five core
principles — 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 our products through 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; respecting farmers' rights 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; and respecting people around the
world and their right to choose healthy food products that are best for
themselves and their families. 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.

SOURCE GMO Answers

Website: www.GMOAnswers.com
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