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Biotech companies unite to combat GMO opposition

September 2013

A group of biotech companies have launched an online forum to combat mounting opposition to genetically modified foods.

GMO is funded by the members of The Council for Biotechnology Information – which includes BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto Company and Syngenta – and is designed as a “central online resource” for information on genetically modified organisms and their use in agriculture and food production.
Supporting partners include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Seed Trade Association, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, and National Cotton Council.

The website is part of a broad campaign by the biotech industry to counter growing calls for GMO food labelling and for tighter regulation in the US.

The website admits: “the biotech industry stands 100% behind the health and safety of the GM crops on the market today, but we acknowledge that we haven’t done the best job communicating about them – what they are, how they are made, what the safety data says.”

Biotech corn, soybeans and other crops are used in human food and animal feed around the world, and biotech companies say they are heavily regulated and thoroughly tested.

North America | Genetically modified organisms

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