Consumers Provide Top 10 Questions About Biotech Crops

The biotechnology industry recently commissioned a study to ask more than 1,000 people which of 23 questions they were most interested in having answered about genetically modified organisms. 8 out of 10 people said they were most interested in knowing if GMO crops cause cancer. The study - which was released Wednesday - found other top questions were if biotech crops cause an increase in allergies, if big companies force farmers to grow CMO crops and if they lead to increased food prices. Last summer - the biotech industry created GMO Answers dot com (www.GMOAnswers.com) to answer consumer questions. During the next few weeks - GMOAnswers and the Council for Biotechnology Information will have thir-part experts answer the questions found in this study. Biotechnology Industry Organization Executive Vice President of Food and Agriculture Cathleen Enright says the industry hopes it's succeeding in its goals to reach consumers directly by providing them answers to their top 10 questions - while also letting them know companies are fully committed to talking with consumers.

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