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What do you know about GMOs?


GMOs are an important but tough issue to understand. There is good, there is bad and there is a whole bunch of sensationalism. This infographic attempts to provide a unbiased overview of GMOs. It barely scratches the surface and does not comprehensively cover all important GMO issues. Click on the image to see it larger, and feel free to share it/repost it if you like it!

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  • lindquist.kristin

    Lily, I'm sorry to hear you feel like this is not good. However, there are studies done by universities and UN organizations that show that in many cases GMOs do increase farmer profits and yields. There are still reasons to be against GMOs. However, I feel that misinformation is being spread by the parties for and against GMOs, and I believe the outcome will be better for all if we stick to the truth. That being said, the "truth" is complicated, in my opinion, based on the research I've done. Here are the sources I used on my research:

    Dale, P.J., et all. Potential for the environmental impact of transgenic crops. Nature Biotechnology, 20. (2009)

    Gonsalves, Dennis, et all. Transgenic Virus Resistant Papaya: From Hope to Reality for Controlling Papaya Ringspot Virus in Hawaii. American Phytopathological Society (2004)

    Graff, Gregory. The public–private structure of intellectual property ownership in agricultural biotechnology. Nature Biotechnology 21, 989 – 995 (2003)

    Grunwald, M. Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution. Washington Post (2002)

    James, Clive. Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010. ISAAA Brief No. 42. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY. (2010)

    Key, Suzie. Genetically modified plants and human health. Molecular Immunology Unit, Centre for Infection, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St George’s University of London (2008)

    Qaim, Martin. The Economics of Genetically Modified Crops. Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Georg-August-University of Goettingen (2009)

    Ramasamy, C., et all. Economic and Environmental Benefits and Costs of Transgenic Crops: Ex-Ante Assessment. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Press (2008)

    Schneider, Keith. Genetically Modified Food. Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida (2002)

    Vaidyanathan, G. Genetically modified cotton gets high marks in India. Nature News (2012)

    20 questions on genetically modified foods. World Health Organization (2012)

    Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries: Options and opportunities in crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change. FAO International Technical Conference (2010)

    Committee on the Impact of Biotechnology on Farm-Level Economics and Sustainability. Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States. National Research Council of the National Academies (2010)

    The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Seeds. Wall Street Journal (2010)

    More reading

    Phillips, T. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Transgenic crops and recombinant DNA technology. Nature Education 1(1) (2008)

    Biotechnologies for Agricultural Development. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (2011)

    (Links to the articles can be found in the post).

    Best wishes to you, and thank you for your comment.

  • lily rothrock

    i know more than this info graphic. i think this is NOT GOOD! GMOs are terrible for our future, they do not lead to less pesticide use, they cannot feed the future (it's a common misconception that we don't produce enough food, we just don't distribute it equally) and they do not increase yields, and farmers do not have increased profits! just ask the 270,000 farmers who have committed suicide in india because they are in debt to monsanto! oh wait, you can't, not in this lifetime, because they drank the poison they were putting on their fields to escape the perceived shame of debt.