Genetic Engineering

From trees, to fruits, to fish, scientists have been tinkering with the genes of plants and animals for decades now. For just as long, environmental, public health, and consumer rights advocates have been pointing to the known and unknown risks of introducing GE organisms into our fields and wild places, and pushing for precautionary approach.

Today, many engineered species — including corn, apples, chestnuts, salmon, mosquitos, and much more — have made it into fields and forests, and onto dinner plates. But that doesn’t mean the debate on their safety is settled.

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GE Glow-in-Dark Fish Have Escaped into Brazil’s Creeks

April 6, 2022 – So-called GloFish are readily available for sale online in Brazil, even though they’ve been banned in the country since 2017.

Sue Branford

Billions of GE Mosquitoes May Soon Be Released in California and Florida

March 16, 2022 – As state regulators consider field trials, scientists and advocates point to potential risks, lack of public consultation.

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Why We Oppose Golden Rice

October 9, 2020 – Agrochemical companies are using concerns over food security heightened by the pandemic to promote GM product, tighten grip over agriculture.

The Stop Golden Rice Network

Plan to Release Millions of GE Mosquitos in Florida Gets Green Light

June 18, 2020 – State regulator approves the plan, despite strong objections by environmental groups who say risks have not been sufficiently analyzed.

Oliver Milman The Guardian

Engineered Glow

June 3, 2020 – Researchers are making huge strides towards creating functional, light-emitting plants. But the jury is out on whether these plants will offer environmental benefits or cause unexpected harms.

Anna Gibbs

Are Scientists Substantially Undercounting Gene-Editing Errors?

March 6, 2020 – New research suggests that this technology is more error-prone than initially assumed.

Jonathan Latham

Food for Thought on GMOs

October 25, 2019 – GMOs Decoded: A Skeptic’s View of Genetically Modified Foods
Sheldon Krimsky
The MIT Press, 2019, 216 pages

Austin Price

GE American Chestnut — Restoration of a Beloved Species or Trojan Horse for Tree Biotechnology?

June 12, 2019 – Biotech industry hopes that getting genetically engineered chestnut approved for conservation planting will soften public opposition to transgenic trees.

Rachel Smolker Anne Petermann

Genetically Engineered Salmon May Be on Our Plates Soon

March 13, 2019 – But FDA's decision to lift import ban on GM salmon without labeling specifications means you might not know you are eating it

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Editing Evolution

March 1, 2017 – Gene drive is a revolutionary new genetic technology that could help eradicate diseases and save species. But is it risk-free?

Paul Koberstein

When it Comes to GMOs, the Devil is in the Details

July 21, 2016 – Unresolved safety questions about gene-editing technologies underscore need for caution

Paul Koberstein

Canada Approves Sale of Genetically Modified Salmon

May 20, 2016 – Move could make it the first country to have GM salmon on grocery shelves

Ashifa Kassam The Guardian

Fight Senate Bill Seeking Voluntary GMO Labeling, Say Right to Know Advocates

February 23, 2016 – Draft legislation an attempt to block Vermont’s mandatory labeling law that goes into effect on July 1

Maureen Nandini Mitra

GE Salmon Imports Blocked Until Labeling Requirements Are Established

February 11, 2016 – FDA approved the genetically engineered fish for human consumption last year without mandatory labeling

Center for Food Safety Ecowatch

FDA’s Approval of GE Salmon Based on Bad Science, Say Consumer Advocates

November 25, 2015 – Agency’s move sets a low bar for future approvals of genetically engineered animals for human consumption

Zoe Loftus-Farren

A Very Different Kind of GMO is Headed to Supermarket Shelves

August 17, 2015 – Little is known about the environmental and public health impacts of crops using a new technology called RNAi

Paul Koberstein

USDA Has Approved GE Non-Browning Apples. Is the Public Ready for Them?

March 11, 2015 – The gene silencing technique used to develop Arctic apples hasn’t been thoroughly studied, critics say

Maureen Nandini Mitra

The Ghost in the GMO Machine

October 7, 2014 – Independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used in Kaua‘i's GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children, but Dow Chemical is intent on convincing the EPA otherwise

Paul Koberstein

Can Genetically Modified Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?

November 26, 2013 – New study links GMOs to conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders

Kaye Spector Ecowatch

California Effort Underway to Label Genetically Modified Foods

March 12, 2012 – Big Food Preparing to Fight Measure

Journal Staff

Are Genetically Altered Foods The Answer to World Hunger?

March 1, 2008 – The Monsanto Roundup - Book Excerpt: The Food Revolution

John Robbins

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