NC State Extension

Do You Think That GMO’s Pose a Health Threat to the General Population?

No, I do not think that GMO’s pose any more of a health risk than any other means of developing new crop varieties. The European Commission report A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research came to this conclusion: “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.” The report is available here. Links to similar conclusions on the safety of genetically engineered foods by major scientific organizations and societies can be found here.

More discussion of the safety of genetically engineered food can be found in this FAQ.

Keith Edmisten
Professor of Crop Science