GMO Answers took to the social media site Reddit this week to participate in the Ask Me Anything series. Cathleen Enright, Ph.D., executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson answered questions about GMOs.
“We need to do a better job talking about the technology—what GMOs are, why farmers choose them, what benefits they provide, and what about those assertions of safety risk?,” Enright said.
While Reddit has covered the topic of GMOs and agricultural biotechnology, this is the first time that an executive from the biotechnology industry participated in an Ask Me Anything event.
“Our engagement here in a real-time, unmoderated conversation on Reddit is one of the many ways the industry is engaging in an open, transparent conversation about GMOs; a commitment that served as the central tenet for the creation of GMO Answers and GMOAnswers.com, an initiative designed to provide information about GMOs in one, easy-to-access public resource,” said Enright.
The hallmark of GMO Answers is a public Q&A. In-person, across social media and online we invite folks to ask us anything. And they have. More than 700 questions have been answered on the website alone, by independent experts—farmers, dietitians, scientists, grocers, and academics—and by biotech company employees. A community of more than 100 experts is volunteering to provide responses to all questions asked on the site.