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In Honor of Earth Day, GMO Answers Calls for Public Acceptance of GMOs
By: PR Newswire Association LLC. - 22 Apr 2019Back to overview list

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GMO Answers, an initiative committed to responding to consumer questions about how their food is grown, today, in celebration of Earth Day, issued the following statement on the environmental benefits of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

"At GMO Answers, we strive to ensure that facts about GMOs are easily accessible so that consumers can make informed decisions about the food they eat.

"GMO crops are created through genetic engineering, which allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait found in nature and transfer it from one organism to the plant they want to improve. Some examples of desirable traits include resistance to insects and disease and tolerance to herbicides that allow farmers to better control weeds.

"Not only have GMOs been shown safe to eat, but they also have a critical role to play in preserving the environment, while allowing us to grow the food we need to feed the world's growing population.

"Yet, GMOs are not being utilized to their full potential. Negative public perceptions – rooted in fear and misinformation – are keeping us from realizing broader and more impactful environmental change. Earth Day unites the world under a common mission: protect our planet. If we truly want to unite in the fight against climate change, it's imperative we achieve public acceptance of GMOs once and for all."

Some examples of the environmental benefits of GMOs:

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, Corteva Agriscience, and Syngenta. Our members are dedicated to the responsible development and application of plant biotechnology. Visit

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