QWhat are the problems with the seeds of GMOs

What are the problems with the seeds of GMOs

AExpert Answer

Your question could be answered in various ways depending upon how one interprets it.  We use GM seeds for growing both corn and soybeans here on our farm.  The benefits of biotech seeds include the reality that we now are using less pesticides and other chemicals on our crops, as well as the fact that it allows us to use less tillage (break-up) of the soil. This means less land erosion, a very good plus for the environment.

 

In my opinion, the biggest problem with the seeds is the amount of misinformation that is being circulated out there.  GMOs have a public image problem. The science-based reality proving GMOs to be safe and nutritious takes a backseat to the emotional propaganda meant to create skepticism in the mind of the consumer.

 

The National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the American Dietetic Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other reputable institutes and organizations find GMOs to be as safe and nutritious as foods produced in any other way. 

 

People unassociated with farming may have the impression that farmers no longer have a choice in terms of the seeds that they buy for crop planting.  This is not the case.  There are options; there are many seed companies, from which to purchase the supply.  We choose the seeds we use based upon many factors, top of which would be performance (higher yields with lesser use of other inputs, like pesticides).

Posted on March 8, 2018
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Posted on March 8, 2018
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Posted on November 27, 2017
Thank you for your question. Similar questions have been answered by a variety of experts on our site. Farmer Mary Mertz answered a similar question, “What are the problems with the seeds of GMOs.” She explains how this question can be answered in a variety of ways and also speaks to this topic firsthand, as she is a farmer herself. “In my opinion, the biggest problem with the seeds is the amount of misinformation that is being circulated out there.  GMOs have a... Read More