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New website addresses biotech crop questions

A new website launched recently which is aimed at providing information and direct engagement with consumers on biotech crops. The website, www.GMOanswers.com, isa project of the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI), an educational arm of multiple biotech companies. The companies came together to launch a broad, new initiative to provide accurate information and answer the toughest questions about GMOs and how our food is grown. 

 "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.