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why do some experts choose not to engage in genetic modification

Submitted by: sethjacobs


Expert response from Community Manager

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Friday, 03/05/2019 18:18

I think that you are referring to the technique of genetic engineering. Scientific disciplines are wide and varied. Just within the agricultural space alone there are all kinds of experts such as plant breeders, plant geneticists, plant biochemists and more that work to develop new plant and crop varieties. Some use conventional breeding techniques while others use genetic engineering tools. The technique used depends upon research objectives, goals, resources, timing, etc. The chart below compares and contrasts modern methods of seed improvement.



It’s important to note that despite some people choosing not to engage in genetic modification, the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and American Medical Association have said that GMOs are safe to eat. In fact, there have been more than 1,700 studies on the safety of GMOs, hundreds of which were independently funded.


We hope this answers your question, if you have any other questions about GMOs or biotechnology, please ask here!