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Genetically Modify Food

The BriefGet Up To Speed

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been around for decades. Created by modifying the DNA of one organism through the introduction of genes from another, they are developed for a number of different reasons'€”to fight disease, enhance flavor, resist pests, improve nutrition, survive drought'€”and are mainly found in our food supply in processed foods using corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, and as feed for farm animals. Across the country and around the world, communities are fighting the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. Are they safe? How do they impact the environment? Can they improve food security? Is the world better off with or without GM food?


Biotech crops will have an essential role in ensuring that there’s enough to eat.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
David Rotman

Genetically engineered crops currently on the market are as safe to eat and safe for the environment as organic or conventional foods.

Friday, September 6, 2013
Pamela Ronald

A new meta-analysis provide evidence of the positive agronomic and economic impacts of GMOs. Also, visit Biology Fortified’s <a href="">GENERA</a>, a searchable database of research on genetically engineered crops.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Jonas Kathage

We strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a ‘scientific consensus’ on GMO safety and that the debate on this topic is ‘over.’

Monday, October 21, 2013
European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility

A document providing evidence to refute claims that there is no science behind the case against genetically modifying food, and to refute inflated claims in favor of GM corps.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
John Fagan

It's true that GE has provided some real benefits to farmers—but those benefits have fallen far short of making a convincing case that GE will be a key component of a sustainable long-term approach to agriculture in the United States. See links to studies from UCS: <a href=" to Yield</a>, <a href=" Sure Fix</a>, and <a href=" and Dry</a>.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

A series of articles on genetically modified food.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Nathaneal Johnson

<em> Nature’</em>s coverage of GM crops.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers have been prepared by WHO in response to questions and concerns from WHO Member State Governments with regard to the nature and safety of genetically modified food.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Questions and answers about genetically engineered food.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Jennifer Ackerman

Questions and answers addressing background, regulation, benefits and risks.

Sunday, April 1, 2012
Center for Science in the Public Interest
GM Crops

The tables on this page shows all pending petitions and all petitions for which a determination of nonregulated status has been reached.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

It's clear that other parts of the world view GMOs as health threats, but it's still an ongoing debate here in America. For now, many GMOs have been deemed safe by organizations like the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Caroline Young

Leaving aside the question of whether they're good or bad for a moment, what exactly are GMOs, and which foods are they in?

Monday, August 5, 2013
Maggie Caldwell

A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Andrew Pollack

J.R. Simplot is a major french fry supplier to McDonald’s, but the fast food chain says it has no plans to switch from conventional varieties.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Mateusz Perkowski

An emerging scientific consensus held that genetic engineering would be required to defeat citrus greening.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Amy Harmon

There's a raging, global debate about genetically engineered crops.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Dan Charles

From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in May 2013, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana.

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Amy Harmon

What happened to the Flavr Savr, and what does it tell us about the industry it birthed?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Americans don't actually know a lot about genetically modified foods, and so polls suggesting they support their labeling should be taken with a major grain of salt.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Chris Mooney
Bans & Labeling

The battle over an Oregon measure to require labeling of genetically altered food appeared headed to a recount as new totals showed it losing by fewer than 1,500 votes.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Jeff Mapes

Vermont has the right to require that genetically modified foods sold within the state be labeled, the state attorney general argued in papers filed Friday in federal court.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Terri Hallenbeck

Two Oregon counties voted in bans on GMOs last week, here's a look at some of the issues and factors involved.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Willie Vogt