QWhat are the effects of GMOs on the human body? Has GMO foods led to an increase in the development of allergies among certain groups of people?
Question submitted By: aruss2010What are the effects of GMOs on the human body? Has GMO foods led to an increase in the development of allergies among certain groups of people?
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How can we make GMOs so that they do not do anything except for help our plants, and not hurt our body?
Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Andy Newhouse , P.h.D. Student • on July 20, 2018
This is an important question! Of course scientists wouldn't want to release any plants or products that would be harmful to humans. The first part of the answer is that I'm not aware of ANY examples of released GMOs hurting human bodies. In fact, GMO (or genetically engineered, GE) crops have actually helped both plants and human health, by making harvests more efficient and reducing the need to spray harmful pesticides. Safety to humans is an important part of the... Read More
Posted on March 8, 2018
Response from: Wayne Parrott, Professor, Crop Breeding and Genetics, University of Georgia • on July 20, 2018
Yes, but only on purpose. Folks may have seen ornamental plants that have red or purple foliage. It is possible to copy this natural phenomenon into other plants using GMO technology. Other than that, the simple act of making a plant a GMO should not change its color. Read More
Posted on March 1, 2018
Response from: Janet Carpenter, Owner, J E Carpenter Consulting LLC M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics • on July 12, 2018
Addressing world hunger is exceedingly complex, as we currently produce enough food to feed the global population, but still 815 million people in the world were estimated as chronically undernourished in 2016. And while global population growth is slowing, world population is still expected to rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100. More needs to be done to address disparities in access to adequate nutrition (see FAO 2017), but it is clear that... Read More