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 porportion 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."
Registered Dietitian and past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietietics, Connie Diekman, 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.
This video explores the topic of putting labels food products indicating whether they're made from genetically modified foods like corn, soybeans, canola and cotton. Those in favor of labeling say it's a matter of "right-to-know." Those opposing labeling say it invoke fear and confuse consumers. An expert and consumer discuss the possibility. What do you think?
The Dr. Oz Show recently discussed the issue of Genetically Modified (GM) foods and one of the scientists who appeared on the program does not feel the issue received balanced treatment. Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam specializes in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at the University of California-Davis. We spoke with her about her appearance on the Dr. Oz show and the issue of GM Food safety in general.
This video focuses on the impacts GM crops have on the environment. A west-coast mom, Karri Hammerstrom, asks tough questions of environmental scientist Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham from the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture at the University of California-Davis.
You may have heard about a recent French study into the health impacts of genetically-modified (GM) corn published this week in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. French researchers claim that rats fed a diet of GM corn (or exposed to the popular weed killer Roundup) are more likely to develop mammary tumors, organ damage and early death compared to rats fed a non-GM diet.
Though the study has been widely condemned by international scientists, we asked several Best Food Facts experts to review the study and share their thoughts.
We receive a LOT of questions about genetically modified foods and food ingredients from readers like you. And based on our research online and in popular press, there are growing concerns. We had consumers ask experts directly, and are excited to bring the videos of the interactions in October 2012.