Cargill tries to balance science and its embrace of Non-GMO label

| | February 5, 2018
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About 9 months ago Cargill sent out a tweet that unintentionally offended, and profoundly offended, thousands of North American farmers.

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The tweet, released March 2017, quickly became a public relations debacle. Hundreds of farmers hammered the private company for working “closely” with the Non-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit that verifies foods as not genetically modified and issues a non-GMO label.

But it isn’t neutral about GM foods.

“A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems (and) environmental damage,” its website claims.

As well, the organization says there is “no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs.”

There’s one problem with those statements: they’re false:

In May 2016 the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine … concluded that GM crops are safe.

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Cargill clarified its position, saying it agrees with the science showing that GMOs are safe.

In the same sentence Cargill said it also believes that consumers deserve choices.

“Cargill has adopted a ‘yes and yes’ approach – we believe in the science and its benefits, and we understand that both science and consumer values drive decision making.”

The nuanced position didn’t appease the online crowd.

“Sort of like selling ammo to both sides in a civil war,” tweeted Lawrence McLachlan, a farmer from Ontario.

Read full, original post: ‘Yes and yes’: Cargill successfully embraces both science and non-science

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