The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our just-released 2019 Annual Report.

Skeptical about GMO food safety?

Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning brown, to creating variants of crops that reduce pesticide use. Some of these things may sound too good to be true and I understand if you’re skeptical. How does this work? Is it safe? How do we know it’s safe?

Can we be sure of the effects when we mix genes from two different species? (We can.) If you eat something with modified genes does it have an effect on our own genes? (It doesn’t.)

In a recent study, my colleagues and I found that we can change people’s attitudes about GM foods by teaching them the basic science behind it. But we took a different approach than you might expect. First, we avoided any claims that GM foods were safe or unsafe, good or bad. Instead, we focused simply on providing the basic scientific information about them in an accessible way, and gave people the opportunity to reflect on their beliefs and questions.

Related article:  People in Africa eat GMO foods. So why do they oppose new crops developed by their own scientists?

Read full, original articleAre You Scared of GMO Foods?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Click the link above to read the full, original article.
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.

Send this to a friend