While other genetically modified (GM) crops have been approved for planting in the U.S., GM wheat has not, so the discovery of a GM strain of wheat growing in a farm field in Oregon prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate. It was confirmed that it was the same herbicide resistant wheat variety that was authorized to be field tested from 1998 to 2005.
Recently, Best Food Facts launched a series of videos about GMOs, which spurred many questions. One question that seemed to be on everyone's mind was the differences between organic and non-organic food. One viewer asked, "Is non-organic food full of chemicals?"
To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University.
Through our five-part series on genetically modified foods and GMOs, something we heard a lot about is the consumers’ right-to-know what’s in their food. We think that knowing more about food is a good thing. When our readers and viewers mentioned genetically modified foods should be labeled, that got us to thinking: “What does the perfect food label look like?”
A leading European environmentalist, Mark Lynas, has apologized to the scientific community. He says he was wrong. After working for years to discredit the work of scientists responsible for genetically-engineered plants and being a contributor to the anti-GM movement, he has come to the conclusion that, "I was completely wrong to oppose GMOs." Why the change? He says, "I discovered science."
As part of our video series on GMOs, we received two questions in regards to GMOs and their availability in other countries besides the United States.
Best Food Facts recently received a question from Peg about genetic modification of wheat. Peg asked, “I have seen information about wheat that indicates genetic modification was taking place MANY years ago and that our current wheat crops are a result of that modification. Many sources state that there are inherent problems with this wheat. Would you please clarify?”
Best Food Facts recently received a question from Greg Shute on our YouTube video, What Do You Want to Know About GMO Food? GMO Safety. Greg asked, "Why do my children have food alleries and why have food allergies reached epidemic levels since GMO foods have been introduced to our food supply? Could it be that our bodies do NOT digest them just as unmodified foods and that a significant proportion of the population is now having their bodies view many of the foods as foreign substances? Why is Europe not seeing the numbers of food allergies that the USA is seeing?"
As we receive more views on our five-part video series on genetically modified foods, we continue to receive great questions about safety, testing, health effects, etc. Here are a few more.
Best Food Facts recently received a comment on YouTube stating, "The worry is that there are no external differences between GM corn and non-GM corn. The problem lies within. The GM corn has been developed to produce its own pesticide, and often the crops are registered as pesticides. This cannot be washed off as they are genetically engineered to make the toxins internally. This means that target pests eat any part of the plant and die as their guts split open. Since the introduction of GM foods the incidence of allergies in children has skyrocketed."
Connie Diekman, Registered Dietitian and past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, links up with Farrah Brown, a part-time nurse and full-time mom, to talk about whether genetically-modified foods are more or less nutritious than other foods.
After posting our five-part video series on genetically-modified (GM) foods, we've gotten a lot of feedback and even more questions surrounding the safety of GM foods and crops. We're addressing those questions here since YouTube limits the number of characters for comments and we want to be sure the experts have the ability to respond fully.
We paired up a California mom of two boys, Colleen Cecil, with Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director of the Biotech Program at the University of California-Davis, to get a baseline understanding of what GMOs are, what they do in the plant and where you can find them in the grocery store.