Want to know why farmers are so frustrated when anti-science activism is used to dispute modern farming techniques? Because when scientists peel back the layers of farming, they are overwhelmingly supportive of today’s agricultural efforts. Among those key topics is GMOs.
Linda Snetselaar, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, spoke about genetically modified organisms during a recent podcast. They discuss what GMOs are, the uses of GMOs, research related to safety, and trends in GMO labeling policies.
Among the highlights:
- GMO grains fed to animals do not change the composition of meat, milk, or eggs.
- There haven’t been any allergic reactions documented for GMO crops.
- Most scientific organizations approve of the safety of GMOs.
- A 2016 study found “no differences that implicate a higher risk to human health from GE foods than from their non-GE counterparts.”
Listen to the whole podcast to get a well-informed scientific perspective on what today’s use of GMOs is all about.