Resources, Information & Articles About GMOs
Biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been used successfully and safely — while being accompanied by rigorous scientific research and scrutiny — in the United States since the 1990s for certain crops (mostly corn, soybeans, and cotton). Thanks to GMOs, farmers can raise crops that are resistant to certain diseases, meaning fewer pesticides are needed in the field. That’s a good thing! GMOs are also used to develop crops that are more nutritious, with more vitamins and nutrients.
After decades of research and thousands of studies, there is NO valid evidence of any negative health impacts due to the consumption of GMO food. The few small-scale studies that claim otherwise are not recognized by the mainstream science community, nor are they proven with verification by independent, reputable, third-party researchers.
OFB believes that ALL types of agriculture are needed to keep Oregon and American agriculture thriving and to meet consumer demand — including organic, conventional, biotech, and no-tech. OFB believes that family farmers and ranchers are the best people to decide what to raise and what production methods to use on their own farms or ranches.
However, the proponents of biotechnology have not done a good job of educating the public — and anti-GMO activists have successfully convinced many Americans that GMOs and companies that develop them are not only bad, but dangerous and even evil.
Following are websites and articles from a variety of sources with factual information on GMOs and biotechnology.
The GMO scientific consensus – it’s unequivocal and overwhelming, via Daily Kos, Feb. 2017
Article about Crispr by Business Insider, Sept. 2016
EPA says glysophate likely does not cause cancer by NPR, Sept. 2016
107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs by Washington Post, June 29, 2016
Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe, National Academy of Science Report Says by NBC, May 17, 2016
U.N. experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer by Reuters, May 16, 2016.
Get to Know GMOs PDF handout excellent 6-page resource offering a comprehensive overview of GMOs.
GMO Top Ten Questions PDF handout great 2-page resource answering the top 10 consumer concerns about GMOs.
American Farm Bureau offers a Grassroots Biotech Toolkit to help farmers and ranchers explain what GMOs are and their benefits to the public.
What Crops are GMO’s? by Oregon family farmer Brenda Frketich, April 2016
Label Thumpers: The GMO movement is about faith, not facts. by Slate.com, March 2016
Vermont-Driven GMO Labeling Could Have Troubling Unintended Consequences By Steven Savage for Forbes, March 26, 2016
Bend Bulletin Editorial: GMO labels shouldn’t be a patchwork March 26, 2016
The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud Really well-written, comprehensive article by Slate directly targeting the anti-GMO rhetoric we’re all inundated with, July 15, 2015
Organic Food Isn’t Better For Kids, So Why Do Moms Keep Buying It? Great article via Fitnessreloaded.com
Are GMOs bad for your health? Clear, entertaining overview of what GMOs are, the health concerns about it, the benefits of it by precisionnutrition.com
The debate over genetically modified organisms is a great case study in how to think critically. Great follow-up article by William Saletan of Slate.com on the fallacies of the anti-GMO argument — and what we can learn from it in terms of becoming more independent thinkers. August 2015
Organic Pesticides: Not An Oxymoron. NPR, June 2011
GMOs vs. global warming: Editorial Great editorial by the The Oregonian on GMOs, its potential to offset global warming, and the price of fear-mongering by anti-GMO groups. July 29, 2015
GMO Answers: Great website addressing questions and concerns on both sides of the issue.
Healthcare Triag video: GMOs: Nice video overview by the Healthcare Triage on GMOs & the debate surrounding them.
GMOs: An introduction: Great overview of the history of GMOs and big issues surrounding them.
Video: How are GMOs created?: Nice, understandable video about how GMOs are created.
Great GMO fact packet: Nice 10-page PDF that offers graphics and basic facts about GMOs, and addresses some of the most common concerns.
PowerPoint about GMOs: GMO Answers created this PowerPoint (PDF version) for anyone who is asked to give a presentation. It covers the most common GMO myths, explains the basics of biotechnology, and shares information on the safety record of GM crops.
Guess what? GMOs are SAFE!: Good, clear article and video about how GMOs are safe.
Genetic engineering: The journey of a gene. Good informational video on why and how genetic engineering is used.
How to Make a GMO: By Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
U.S. Breast Milk: Glyphosate-free written by Oregon family farmer and mom-to-be for the second time, Brenda Frketich
6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Monsanto by ForwardProgressives.com
Argentina May Have Figured Out How to Get GMOs Right Wired, Oct. 2015
Scientist: ‘Vilification’ of biotechnology risks food security One of the most distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that “the increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food industry” may be “the most counterproductive development” in the effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected to approach 10 billion in 35 years. August 2015
Scientist and Advocate Moms to Celeb Moms: Weigh GMO Food with Facts Not Fear Open letter to Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and other celebrity moms speaking against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
10 things farmers are tired of hearing via Buzzfeed
Why we’re so scared of GMOs, according to someone who has studied them since the start: Thoughtful conversation with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying people’s aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. By Washington Post, July 6, 2015
GMO Scientists Could Save the World From Hunger, If We Let Them by Newsweek, May 21 2015
Why People Oppose GMOs Even Though Science Says They Are Safe by Scientific American, Aug. 18 2015
Dear American anti-GMO activists: no, the EU does not ban GMOs – and they love importing them from TheMindRestrained.org, July 17, 2015
Fears, Not Facts, Support G.M.O.-Free Food article in New York Times personal health section, June 8, 2015
The 10 minor realizations that flipped my thinking about GMOs by Marc Brazeau
Former hard-core anti-GMO activist changes his views on GMO crops: A Q&A with Mark Lynas by the StarPhoenix, June 20, 2015
The Genetic Literacy Project website: Where science trumps ideology
Is Monsanto evil? Carefully sourced blog post for those that think the word “Monsanto” settles all arguments about any benefit of genetic engineering.
The Daily Show tackles the GMO controversy Video from The Daily Show focuses on a new GMO potato by Simplot and how the “GM-Foe” movement has inadvertently created the monopoly culture of genetic engineering.