Cargill under fire: ‘We don’t agree’ GMOs unhealthy; biotech crops ‘key tool for sustainability’

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Cargill is attempting to satisfy both ends of the spectrum by acknowledging the growing group of people against genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

“It’s a technical shift in your supply chain, but also an emotional shift. Meaning, acknowledging that there’s people that believe GMOs are unhealthy. We don’t agree with that: GMOs are a key tool for sustainability,” [Cargill Chairman and CEO David] MacLennan said.

“But nonetheless, there’s a growing group of consumers that want to consume non-GMO containing foods,” he acknowledged.

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The company reportedly drew the ire of farmers after it was linked to the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit anti-GMO group. Cargill responded by reaching out to farmer groups to discuss how the company could better acknowledge how it remains in favor or GMOs.

“We don’t believe in attacking GMOs as a technology. It’s a valid and legitimate technology … At the same time, there are some consumers that don’t want it,” MacLennan said.

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“I don’t think the two have to be in conflict.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: How Cargill is addressing GMO concerns, and looking to Asia for growth: CEO

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