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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?

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Robert Fraley

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Robert Fraley
  • Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
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The conversation itself around GMOs in many ways has become a distraction to the real issues and challenges and conversations we should be having around food security. Because as important as the GMO technology has been, it’s only one tool in an arsenal of many tools that farmers will need.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Robert Fraley, Andrew Kimbrell, Nathaneal Johnson, and Jessica Lundberg gather at the Commonwealth Club to discuss GMOs and related issues in our food system.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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The debate over GMOs has tended to sidetrack progress on the development of a common agenda to solving the global food security problem.

Monday, October 13, 2014

GMO crops are not just important, but critical, to feeding the world.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

At some point, proponents of GM crops would hope that the scientific community's endorsement of GM crops would win more mainstream acceptance, as vaccines have. Yet it appears that for some people -- whether the issue is vaccination, GM technology, pasteurization or climate change -- there can never be enough proof.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Alison Van Eenennaam

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Alison Van Eenennaam
  • Genomics and Biotechnology Researcher, UC Davis
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

No study has revealed any differences in the nutritional profile of animal products derived from GE-fed animals.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Van Eenennaam, author of recent research published in the Journal of Animal Science, explains the details and impact of her findings in an podcast with the US Grains Council.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Van Eenennaam compares conventional and new forms of animal biotechnologies and looks at genetically engineered salmon as a case study.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Despite the fact that the scientific weight of evidence from these hundreds of studies have not revealed unique risks associated with GE feed, some groups are calling for more animal feeding studies. It is an opportune time to review the results of such studies as have been done to date to evaluate the value of the additional information obtained.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Against:

Charles Benbrook

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Charles Benbrook
  • Research Professor, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Contrary to often-repeated claims that today’s genetically-engineered crops have, and are reducing pesticide use, the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds in herbicide-resistant weed management systems has brought about substantial increases in the number and volume of herbicides applied.

Saturday, September 1, 2012
Source

More independent testing of GE crop safety is needed to (a) resolve lingering uncertainty over the safety of the GE traits currently on the market, and (b) develop advanced testing methods and protocols for application in the testing of future GE food traits.

Monday, May 6, 2013
Source

With genetically engineered crops, the relatively modest decrease in insecticides is more than made up by the huge increase in herbicides.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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Against:

Margaret Mellon

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Margaret Mellon
  • Science Policy Consultant & Fmr. Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Although we have many problems associated with our food system, they are not going to be solved by biotechnology.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Panelists address issues of regulation and labeling, the ethics of patenting live organisms, potentially positive applications of genetic engineering, and the appropriate role of the biotechnology industry in the food supply.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Source

Genetic engineering is not a fundamental solution to food and agricultural problems.

Friday, September 6, 2013

In response to criticism of several UCS reports, Mellon details their findings and continued importance.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The phrase conflates the important issues of food production and hunger alleviation.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Simplot potatoes are produced through a new kind of GE—gene silencing. Simplot’s version of gene silencing, called Innate™ technology, adds genetic fragments derived from cultivated and wild potatoes, but no genetic material from unrelated organisms.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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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 Fortifier's "http://genera.biofortified.org/viewall.php">GENERA , a searchable database of research on genetically engineered crops.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Jonas Kathage

AGAINST

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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="http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genet... to Yield</a>, <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genet... Sure Fix</a>, and <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genet... and Dry</a>.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Overview

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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

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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

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

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

GM Crops

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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
RetroReport

POLLS

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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

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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