Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

By Brooke Borel via Popular Science

What-are-GMOs-and-How-Safe-Are-They-_250pxLater this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one producer is already scrambling to label its apples GMO-free.

The looming apple campaign is just the latest salvo in the ongoing war over genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—one that’s grown increasingly contentious.

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But the truth is, GMOs have been studied intensively, and they look a lot more prosaic than the hype contends.

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So what, exactly, do consumers have to fear? To find out, Popular Science chose 10 of the most common claims about GMOs and interviewed nearly a dozen scientists. Their collective answer: not much at all.

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2 responses

  1. Mostly good stuff, but this bit irked me: “But with climate change and population growth threatening food supplies, genetically modified crops could significantly boost crop output.”

    There’s no credible evidence that climate change threatens food supplies. Indeed, the anthropogenic boost in atmospheric CO2 levels has already boosted agricultural output by at least 15-20%, and will boost it even more if CO2 levels continue to climb:

    1. Dave, you really should take me up on my offer to do some writing for this blog. I’m fairly good at the global warming debate, but you got me beat by a long shot. I didn’t catch that quote above. I may have to address it in a later post.

      Good find, thank you 🙂

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