A: There are several ways GMOs have had a positive impact on our lives - and really, there are too many to name – so instead, we’ll explore the 6 main ways GMOs impact society.
6 Ways GMOs Impact Society
1. GMOs provide economic benefits to millions of consumers.
While the cost of food is impacted by various factors (the price of oil affects transportation costs; temperature changes can cause drought; etc.), GMOs play an important role in keeping those prices as low as possible. It’s estimated that corn prices would increase as much as 28 percent and soybean as much as 22 percent if GM c [...]
A: Not all corn oil is GMO because not all corn is GMO. With that being said, because oil contains no proteins, GMO and non-GMO sourced oils are indistinguishable and neither would contain any GM material.
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA, wrote a response detailing if there is a way to tell whether or not oils come from GM corn.
“As oils are processed from the seed the DNA, the genetics of the seed, are destroyed by the heat of the processing so that chemically you cannot detect the genetic engineering.
“I do know that many people believe that genetic eng [...]
A: The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) published a 2017 report, titled “Biotech Crop Adoption Surges as Economic Benefits Accumulate in 22 Years,” that indicates herbicide tolerance was the most widely planted trait in 2016 and 2017. Published in that report was the following table that details the global area of biotech crops by trait per million hectares. You can find this table on pg. 104 of the ISAAA report.
Note: Gene stacking refers to the process of combining two or more genes of interest into a single plant.& [...]
A: In addition to the response by Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University, in the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a report confirming the safety of GMOs and also their compositional and nutritional equivalency with non-GMO foods.
The NAS confirms, “Statistically significant differences in nutrient and chemical composition have been found between GE (genetically engineered) and non-GE pl [...]