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

, | | April 25, 2017
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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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David MacLennan

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.

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“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.

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

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