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April 29, 2014

GMO Answers Tackles Top 10 Consumer Questions

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GMO Answers, an initiative committed to creating conversations about GMOs and answering consumer questions, conducted a national survey this year identifying top questions about GMOs. Over the past couple of months, GMO Answers has been providing an answer each week to one of the top 10 questions discovered through the survey. Seanica Otterby has the story.
OtterbySo far, six of the top 10 questions consumers have on GMOs have been answered on GMOAnswers.com. The top 10 questions were determined from a national survey conducted by GMO Answers, according to spokesperson Cathleen Enright.
EnrightWe found that the Number One top question concerned long-term health. Eight out of 10 folks surveyed wanted to know if GMOs were linked to cancer. We had one of our independent experts, Dr. Kevin Folta from the University of Florida, provide that answer.
OtterbyGMOs are not linked to cancer. Enright says other top questions range from health and safety to corporate culture, common on-farm practices and agriculture in general. She says there have been a number of questions on how GMOs affect health, and experts have answered those questions based on scientific fact.
EnrightThere has been no credible evidence to suggest there is a health or safety issue associated with GMOs. What we have seen through almost 20 years of consumption is that millions of meals have been consumed by humans that included GMO ingredients, and there has not once been a safety assertion made.
OtterbyEnright invites everyone to become part of the conversation on GMO Answers dot com because many people are basing their opinions about GMOs on inaccurate information posted online and through social media.
EnrightGMO Answers is now in that space, and it’s important for us to provide a voice. If the loudest voices heard are providing misinformation, the success stories about our businesses and our livelihoods and our commitment to the provision of safe food will never be heard.
OtterbyThe answer to the seventh question will be posted on the GMO Answers website tomorrow. Seanica Otterby, Washington.

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