Studies and Articles

There is an abundance of information about GMOs and biotechnology in agriculture available to consumers. On the internet, in news outlets, and peer-reviewed journals, there are many articles, blog posts, studies, infographics, and videos about a variety of topics related to GMOs. Here, we’ll look to bring these resources together for you, providing content from our GMO Answers experts and other contributors who will discuss current events in media, simplify complicated study findings, and demystify the science behind GMOs.

 

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STUDY: An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, 4/05/2018 10:19 am

The technology to produce genetically engineered (GE) plants is celebrating its 30th anniversary and one of the major achievements has been the development of GE crops. The safety of GE crops is crucial for their adoption and has been the object of intense research work often ignored in the public debate. We have reviewed the scientific literature on GE crop safety during the last 10 years, built a classified and manageable list of scientific papers, and analyzed the distribution and composition of the published literature
  • GMO Basics
  • Health & Safety
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STUDY: Impacts of GMO corn: A meta analysis

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, 2/20/2018 11:50 am

Despite the extensive cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) maize and considerable number of scientific reports on its agro-environmental impact, the risks and benefits of GE maize are still being debated and concerns about safety remain. This meta-analysis aimed at increasing knowledge on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits of GE maize by analyzing the peer-reviewed literature (from 1996 to 2016) on yield, grain quality, non-target organisms (NTOs), target organisms (TOs) and soil biomass decomposition.
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STUDY: The allergenicity of genetically modified foods from genetically engineered crops

By Community Manager (CBI) on Thursday, 2/15/2018 5:23 pm

This article describes how GM crops are produced, how GM crops are tested, and how allergies are tested and future directions for testing and GM products and presents a systematic review on GM products and their potential for allergenicity
  • GMO Basics
  • GMOs in Groceries
  • Health & Safety
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STUDY: Biotech crop planting resumes high adoption in 2016

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, 2/13/2018 10:09 am

The global area of biotech crops in 2016 increased from 179.7 million hectares to 185.1 million hectares, a 3% increase equivalent to 5.4 million hectares.
  • GMO Basics
  • GMOs & Farmers
  • GMOs Globally
  • Modern Agriculture
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STUDY: There Is “Little Doubt” About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

By Community Manager (CBI) on Friday, 1/19/2018 1:33 pm

Genetically modified (GM) crops are plants in which DNA has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally through plant breeding. Genetic engineering transfers selected individual genes within or across plant species to produce plants with targeted characteristics. Some have questioned whether GM crops have been responsible for increased crop yields. Comparing US yields to European Union yields (where GM crops are banned) provides evidence that GM technologies have increased crop yields. Agricultural yields have increased over the past several decades. But, such increases are not fait accompli. Rather, they result from the development of new technologies. Banning yield-enhancing technologies means that food crop production will be lower than would otherwise be the case, and more water, land, and other inputs will be needed to increase global food production.
  • Environment
  • GMO Basics
  • GMOs & Farmers
  • GMOs Globally
  • Modern Agriculture
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STUDY: Semantic Network Analysis Reveals Opposing Online Representations of the Search Term “GMO”

By Community Manager (CBI) on Tuesday, 1/09/2018 5:22 pm

How you perceive the term GMO all depends on how and where you hear the acronym. Here, a study takes a look at a variety of sources and analyzes perception based on each source.
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STUDY: Genetically Engineered Herbicide-Resistant Crops and Herbicide-Resistant Weed Evolution in the United States

By Andrew Kniss (Independent Expert) on Tuesday, 1/09/2018 5:03 pm

Genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant crops have been widely adopted by farmers in the United States and other countries around the world, and these crops have caused significant changes in herbicide use patterns. GE crops have been blamed for increased problems with herbicide-resistant weeds (colloquially called by the misnomer “superweeds”); however, there has been no rigorous analysis of herbicide use or herbicide-resistant weed evolution to quantify the impact of GE crops on herbicide resistance.
  • GMO Basics
  • GMOs & Farmers
  • GMOs Globally
  • Modern Agriculture
  • Pesticides
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STUDY: The contribution of glyphosate to agriculture and potential impact of restrictions on use at the global level

By Graham Brookes (Independent Expert) on Tuesday, 1/09/2018 11:09 am

This study assesses the potential economic and environmental impacts that would arise if restrictions on glyphosate use resulted in the world no longer planting genetically modified herbicide tolerant (GM HT) crops.
  • Environment
  • GMO Basics
  • GMOs & Farmers
  • GMOs Globally
  • Pesticides
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