The issue of genetic enginnering in the food system is one
that is often charged with emotion and strong opinion. Indeed,
there has been much concern voiced over the years about the
potential harms to both human health and the environment of
genetically-modified (or more accurately, genetically-engineered)
Some concern takes the form of outright hysteria, while other
concerns are more nuanced and subtle. Among these concerns, which
have good evidence to support them? What regulation is currently in
place? Why are their differences between the US and the EU?
On the opposite side, there are clear advantages to GE crops;
including disease resistance, herbicide tolerance, and even
enhanced nutritional content. But are these advantages possible
without harm? Do the pros outweigh the cons?
In this episode, Alan and Danny discuss the current evidence
on genetically engineered crops (or GMOs) and their effect on human
health, biodiversity, and the economy.
02:02 – Framing of the GMOs debate
13:52 – Key definitions
20:34 – Where do GMOs show up in the food supply? And
33:40 – Impacts on human health and nutritional
45:16 – Impact on biodiversity
1:01:57 – What’s the deal with glyphosate herbicide?