Food Biotechnology: Talking Points

(from the Alliance for Better Food -- a coalition of 26 organisations, including the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the American Soybean Association and the USA Rice Federation.)

Five key message points to always communicate with policy makers and media:


Biotechnology will produce foods that are healthier, more nutritious, and even taste and look better. Because of biotechnology, more food can be produced using fewer pesticides, less land and less water. As a result, food biotechnology is the best hope to help reduce world hunger while putting less stress on the world's environment.

The promise of biotechnology is only beginning to be realized. It offers a multitude of benefits now, but there is much more to come in the future. The nutritional, medical and environmental gains to be achieved through advances in food biotechnology will be enormous.


Through years of research and testing, the Federal Government and a broad consensus of the medical and scientific communities have concluded that foods produced through biotechnology are safe.

Biotechnology brings modern scientific techniques to age-old agricultural processes. Farmers have used these processes for centuries to provide variety, improve taste, and produce new or more foods. Modern food biotechnology allows today's farmers to do the same thing today, but with greater understanding and selectivity.


Foods developed through biotechnology are already part of our daily diet, and consumer research shows that people largely accept and enjoy foods produced through biotechnology.


The Food & Drug Administration (USA) already requires labeling of biotech products if the food's composition has been substantially changed, its nutritional content has been substantially changed, or it contains a component that might cause an allergic reaction in people. If none of these conditions exist, government regulators and scientists have said biotech food is equivalent to conventionally produced food and therefore does not need to be labeled. Labeling biotech foods that are substantially equivalent to other products on supermarket shelves would have the unintended and unfortunate consequence of misleading consumers into thinking that the products had different health or nutritional effects. This would create the kind of consumer confusion that labels are designed to avoid.

Additional message points and supporting arguments:



World Hunger



This document was received by Ifgene on 3rd November 1999. The source,, was found to have disappeared from the Internet by 23 April 2005.

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