What's a GMO?

Jimmy Kimmel, U.S. comedian and Tonight Show's host, has sent a crew to one of the local U.S. farmers markets to ask people what the letters GMO stand for. Not to be missed!

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As disease threatens Uganda’s banana crop, ActionAid and anti-GMO groups fan fears

No activists have come to the defense of the poor subsistence farmers who are being arrested because the banana wilt is sweeping through their plantations. The GMO rescue is being blocked, at least for now, by anti-GMO activists.

GMO – do we judge before we know?

Do you think you know what Europeans think about GMOs? Check our new infographic, showing that we are more rational than they would all like us to think.

Gluten Free Wheat

Plant biotechnology research is working to provide gluten free wheat and improve the lives of individuals suffering from coeliac disease. Learn more how genetic modification of wheat genes holds promise for cereal development here.

Unhealthy Fixation: the war against GMOs

“It’s true that the issue is complicated. But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs”, writes William Saletan in a comprehensive article in Slate. “The only way to end this fight is to educate ourselves and make it clear to everyone […] that we’re ready, as voters and consumers, to embrace nutritious, environmentally friendly food, no matter where it got its genes”

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to crops

Fruits and vegetables have changed a lot since the onset of agriculture 10,000 years ago, as generation after generation of farmers artificially bred crops to select for more desirable traits like size and taste.

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Growing Voices Launch Best Of

At the launch of Growing Voices platform in January 2014, a high-level panel of European politicians, researchers and campaigners called for a renewed discussion on GMOs with direct engagement with the public.

How Are GMOs Created?

Curious about how a GMO is made? How scientists create GMOs is one of the top questions we get about GMOs. This video shows how they are made, through the story of the Hawaiian Rainbow Papaya.

What is the Approval Process for Import of GMOs in the EU?

Discover the main regulatory and political steps that have to be completed before a new GM crop can be authorised for import into the EU.

Julie Girling, Member of the European Parliament

Even though GMOs are part of our daily life, fed to our animals and scientifically proven to be safe, people still feel reluctant about consuming them. MEP Julie Girling exposes the various nutritional potentials of GM technology for the developed world as well as for the developing countries.

Genetic Modification -- science vs belief

Peter Hadfield, a former Radio 4 and CBC science reporter-turned YouTube rationalist, posts a challenge to everyone who is willing to listen to scientific facts and perhaps it could change the conversation.

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

Crops with Improved Oleic Profiles

New high oleic GM soybeans contain 20% less trans-fat compared to regular soybeans and can provide a healthier alternative.

Why I'm a Pro-GMO Vegan

Swayze is a vegan who eats a mostly raw food diet. She also supports genetic modification. In this video, she explains the 3 reasons why she advocates for GMOs.

Which GMO Experts Should you Trust?

The Genetic Literacy Project has made an interactive infographic that compares the experts–the leading and most vocal opponents of GMOs versus the most visible and widely quote independent defenders of the technology.

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“My conclusion here today is very clear: the GM debate is over. You are more likely to get hit by an asteroid than to get hurt by GM food”
Mark Lynas, British writer and environmentalist, former anti-GMO activist

Recent News

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    Professor Anne Glover said it is “very clear GM is safe,” accusing NGOs such as Greenpeace of skewing the evidence. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, she said green groups were pursuing an “ideological position.”

  • US regulator okays non-browning GM apple

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  • Ex-EU science chief Anne Glover: GM tech 'is safe'

    The technology behind GM crops is safe, according to scientific consensus, says the outgoing science adviser to the European Commission.

  • Are GM foods dangerous?

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  • Q&A: What Do I Need to Know About GMO Food?

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  • Answering critics of GMO foods

    New science seldom inspires trust. But let’s consider what the critics have to say and try to answer their concerns.