For Immediate Release
Biotech Industry’s Latest PR Blitz Won’t Stop GMO Labeling Momentum
Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
WASHINGTON - “The biotech industry’s latest marketing tactic is a website, GMOAnswers.com, which vows ‘transparency,’ but the industry has a track record of being anything but transparent. They spend millions in marketing and lobbying against popular GMO labeling efforts. Their control of patents has prevented research from being done on the long-term impacts of biotech crops and food products. This latest public relations blitz is just more of the same from an industry that is struggling to combat popular sentiment that genetically engineered foods are unlabeled, untested and unsafe.
“This latest effort will likely do little to stop the consumer backlash against genetically engineered foods that has been brewing for years.
“More claims from the biotech industry about the safety of genetic engineering are not a replacement for the clear labeling that consumers are demanding."
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