New Report Hopes To Clarify GMO Debate

May 26, 2016

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are a controversial topic in food. Supporters of GMO crops say they boost the food supply and lower costs of food when seeds are engineered with resistance to pests. Critics of GMOs say the foods themselves are bad for human health and the environment.

This month a report from the National Academy of Sciences sought to clarify the debate. A team of researchers pored through data from previous studies and summarized it in a substantial report for the public and policymakers.

Vermont Edition spoke with Fred Gould, the North Carolina State University scientist who chaired the committee, about what his team found. Gould strongly encourages everyone to read and explore the data and citations.