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. [Has some adult language.]
How To Communicate Science So It Makes Sense Great tips for Oregon farmers and ranchers when discussing hot issues like GMOs, pesticides, and antibiotic use for livestock in conversations (in person and online) with family, friends, neighbors, and lawmakers. Good to consider in today’s era of much of the public liking individual family farmers, but feeling unsure about agriculture and its methods, marketplace, and modern technology.
The Psychology Of Why So Many People Are Anti-GMO Think of a science denier, and you might picture someone arguing that climate change isn’t real or vaccines cause autism. But the biggest chasm between scientists and the public is actually over GMOs: 88% of U.S. scientists say genetically modified foods are safe to eat, and only 37% of Americans agree. Why are we—and much of the rest of the world—resistant to GMOs?
Everyone Calls BS on Chipotle’s GMO Move: News outlets including NPR, New York Magazine, Bloomberg, and the LA Times are criticizing Chipotle’s move to ban GMO ingredients. May 1, 2015
Bill Gates Discusses GMO Controversy January 21, 2015
Video: GM Food, Cultivating Fear From BBC’s Panorama show: A new generation of GM foods is winning over governments and former critics of the technology, and scientists say the crops could help feed people in the developing world. So are those who oppose GM doing more harm than good?
Mythbusting GMOs Article on international use of GMOs and debunking some common myths.
National GM bans scientifically unfounded and legally questionable by Greenbiotech.eu
Find Answers to Questions on Glyphosate – Also check out Michael Greenberg, M.D., MPH, chief of medical toxicology at Drexel University College of Medicine and his recently authored a post about recent claims about glyphosate and cancer.
Answering CBS Reporters’ Questions about GMOs Clear answers to “hard-hitting” questions about GMOs from reporters
TEDx talk: How the organic movement became anti-GMO: Jan. 27, 2015 – “I believe the anti-science movement is the biggest threat to global food security today. The voices of science are being drowned out by the voices of fear and paranoia.”
Video debunking GMO misinformation by CultOfDusty: **Warning, lots of F-bombs in this video! But Cult of Dusty does a thorough job of addressing some of the most common fears and myths about GMOs and Monsanto.
The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of Sh*t: **Warning, this article has some crude language, but is really good at pointing how how the Food Babe (an anti-ag activist) doesn’t really know what she’s talking about.
GM sugar beets save Idaho, Oregon growers millions by Capital Press, Jan. 20, 2015
Pro-GMO side ‘wins’ online debate hosted by NPR by Capital Press, Dec. 4, 2014
The GMO debate: 5 things to stop arguing by Washington Post, Oct. 2014
Check out OSU’s biotechnology information website by Oregon State University
Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle: Cute labels saying products haven’t been genetically modified are designed to profit off of fear, not protect you with science. The Daily Beast, Sept. 15, 2014
Anti-GMO arguments based on fear, not facts: By the time you finish this column, about 15 children will have died from malnutrition. Before you sleep tonight, over 20,000 people will have died today from hunger. Know how many individuals have ever died from eating genetically modified (GM) food? Zero. Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked by Wanda Patsche, a farm blogger for Popular Science magazine, July 9, 2014
With 2000+ global studies affirming safety, GM foods among most analyzed subjects in science by JoAnna Wendel, October 8, 2013
Do anti-GMO activists inhabit an information bubble? Ask Paul Krugman by Marc Brazeau, September 12, 2014
Federal judge: Kauai genetically modified crop law invalid Honolulu Star, Aug. 25, 2014
A former critic of genetically modified crops changes his tune and sings the praises of GMOs Public Radio International, September 4, 2014
Oregon agriculture officials say they have no say over GMO food approved by federal regulators by Agri-Pulse, July 11, 2014
Excerpt: Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader, ” ‘a former organic farmer, said ‘it’s important that we don’t pit different agriculture production systems against one another.” He said he is worried about the biotechnology debate divides the agricultural community, and he expressed his concerns about state efforts to mandate labeling for foods made with GMOs. ‘My biggest worry is that under the guise of trying to inform the consumer we actually misinform the consumer,’ Schrader said. ‘We run the risk of making labeling an almost irrelevant and moot point. And that would be a shame.’ ”
Lack of communication is to blame in biotech debate, according to House panel by Associated Press, July 7, 2014
American Farm Bureau VP/Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue discusses overcoming obstacles in biotechnology For more than 20 years, biotechnology has helped farmers increase productivity to meet the food demands of a growing population. Although it continues to face consumer criticism, the future of biotechnology looks bright. Barry Bushue, the American Farm Bureau’s vice president, said in Tuesday’s Newsline that biotechnology is an important tool, which is why Farm Bureau continues to actively engage in the discussion to protect what farmers need to do their jobs.
“If general farm organizations don’t protect all types of agriculture and all the tools that are so necessary to continue to feed the United States and the world, you start losing them one by one,” Bushue said.
Statement on biotechnology & coexistence by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
GMOS: An Introduction Comprehensive article on what GMOs are, the history, and overview of the issues surrounding it.
How To Critically Think GMOs Without A Science Background by Popular Science
Great graph that lists 10 internationally known, respected organizations, with official quotes, that publicly state that GMOs are a safe, viable means for growing food. The list includes the American Medical Assn., The World Health Organization, the European Commission, the French Academy of Science, the Royal Society of Medicine.
Oregonian editorial: Swinging at Monsanto, but hitting farmers, The Oregonian, May 28, 2014
The Debate About GMO Safety Is Over, Thanks To A New Trillion-Meal Study, Forbes, Sept. 17, 2014
Overview of GMO issue by Portland-based mom, ItsMomSense.com, May 6, 2014
Are GMO foods safe?, TheHealthyMoms.net, May 2014
Stop Worrying About Feeding Your Kids Organic Fruit, via Slate.com, Jan. 2014
Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Food, SmithsonianMag.com, Sept. 10, 2014
‘No such thing as GMO contamination’ rules Australian court in landmark decision, rebuffing organic activists, Forbes magazine, May 28, 2014
Anti-GMO push could hurt organic industry, op-ed by Mischa Popoff, June 2, 2014
Five myths about organic food, Washington Post, June 2014 ~ [OFB Note: Farm Bureau is not “against” organic farming; we believe that one type of farming should not be pitted against another, mistakenly presenting one as “good” and another as “bad.” Farmers should be able to decide what type of agriculture works best for their own farms/ranches and customer base.]
Don’t Fear the ‘Frankenfish’: Why Rich Americans Should Drop Their War on Genetically Modified Foods, The Atlantic, March 2013
No, GMOs Won’t Harm Your Health, Mother Jones, Feb. 2014
Farm Bureau supports innovation, biotechnology in wheat, statement by AFBF President Bob Stallman, June 2014
Calculating the hidden costs of genetically modified food labels, Slate.com, May 2014
All I Want for Mother’s Day is Non-labeled GMOs, GroundedParents.com, May 2014
Who’s afraid of GMOs? Let’s serve up science without scare stories and eat without fear, by John Stossel, May 28, 2014
Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish., Washington Post, April 2014
How Scare Tactics on GMO Foods Hurt Everybody, by Pamela Ronald, coauthor of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food and a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis.
Genetically engineered crops in nearly 12% of fields, USA Today, Feb. 2014
A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops, New York Times, Jan. 2014
What exactly are GMOs?, Fooddialogues.com
The Biggest Myth About Organic Farming, RealClearScience.com, June 6, 2014
Pushing back the organic movement, GreenerIdeal.com, July 11, 2014
ISAAA website, International Services for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. Offers information on what countries grow GMO crops.
The hidden costs of GMO labeling from Medford Mail-Tribune, Oct. 12, 2014
Oregonian Editorial: Food-labeling initiative would sow confusion The Oregonian, July 4, 2014
Farmers Against Measure 92 by 5th generation farmer Marie Bowers, October 14, 2014
Why you should oppose mandatory GMO labeling ItsMomsense.com, October 7, 2014