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GMO skeptics worry about the unintended consequences of genetically modifying animals and plants. The fears can be boiled down to two major factors—unforeseen effects on the human body and corporate control of the food supply. GMO supporters argue genetically modified food is the only realistic way to feed an ever-growing population. Despite the fears, there is no credible evidence that shows GMOs are harmful to humans. What do you think?

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The overwhelming scientific consensus is GMOs are safe to consume. This conclusion is backed up by hundreds of studies conducted over decades. GMOs have the potential to eradicate world hunger and could be the solution to adapting to new environmental conditions caused by climate change. 

These results might come as a surprise to some, but the reality is that today’s GE products are the most researched and tested agricultural products in history and this report builds on a large and growing body of evidence that supports the safety of GMOs. In the U.S., GE crops are repeatedly and extensively tested for consumer and environmental safety, and depending on the trait, those tests are reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. The European Union has also conducted numerous studies on their safety. In fact, every major scientific body and regulatory agency in the world has reviewed the research on GMOs and openly declared crop biotechnology and the foods currently available for sale to be safe.
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While the fears surrounding GMO safety are bunk, there are still legitimate concerns surrounding the technique. For many, the costs outweigh the potential benefits. 

  • There has been a reduction in diversity both in terms of on-farm and in terms of germplasm. These concerns are hardly the genetic apocalypse anti-GM folks describe, but not unfounded (note, I worked and still work with germplasm curators). The impacts can be considered both in terms of economics, as well as the environment.
  • A good economic example was the over-expansion of herbicide-resistant cotton in the Mississippi delta - driven by the economic advantages of GMOs, and not GMOs per se, farmers overplanted Roundup Ready cotton and oversprayed. Today, cotton is not a viable crop in many parts of the region, and land values have decreased.
  • Corporate control arguments are also standard complaint. GMOs have undoubtedly contributed to the consolidation of germplasm and companies, as well as a decline in the competitiveness of public breeding. Intellectual property protection of germplasm has also resulted in more litigation
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Here are some perspectives from people who trust GMOs. 

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Despite the evidence to the contrary, many people are still worried about GMOs. 

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Are GMOs good for you?
#HellNoToGMOs
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#GMOsCanSaveTheWorld
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