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Q: Are GMOs harmful to human ? Is it just another commercially driven argument, like the red meat causes cancer one?

Answered by Community Manager - Feb 12, 2019

A: No, GMOs are not harmful to humans. In fact, as explained in this previous response, “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 the American Medical Association have ruled that GMOs are safe.” “In the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a comprehensive report where a panel of more than 20 scientists, researchers, agricultural and industry experts reviewed over 20 years of data si [...]

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Extreme opponents of genetically modified foods know the least but think they know the most

By Community Manager - Feb 07, 2019

The following is a study detailing consumer perception of GMOs. There is widespread agreement among scientists that genetically modified foods are safe to consume1,2 and have the potential to provide substantial benefits to humankind3. However, many people still harbour concerns about them or oppose their use4,5. In a nationally representative sample of US adults, we find that as extremity of opposition to and concern about genetically modified foods increases, objective knowledge about science and genetics decreases, but perceived understanding of genetically modified foods increases. Ext [...]


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Food Labeling Study

By Community Manager - Feb 07, 2019

The following is a study detailing consumer attitudes towards food labels and different food packaging aspects that drive purchase behavior. Although they usually read food packaging labels, consumers sometimes find it difficult to identify healthy food options. Most consumers look for healthy options when food shopping.  • Two in five (43%) “always” look for healthy options and half (52%) “sometimes” do. Only 5% of surveyed consumers “never” look for healthy options. • However, finding healthy foods is “difficult” for one in ten consumers (11%); only 28% claim that this is “ [...]


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Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?

By Community Manager - Feb 07, 2019

The following is an excerpt of a New York Times article on the Nature Human Behaviour study. Most scientists agree that genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.s, are safe to eat. But a new study suggests that the people who are most extremely opposed to them know the least about them. Researchers surveyed 501 randomly selected adults, testing their knowledge of G.M.O.s with a series of true/false questions — for example, the cloning of living things produces genetically identical copies (true), or it is not possible to transfer animal genes into plants (false). The study, in Na [...]