It’s easy to get information about genetically modified food. There are the dubious anti-GM horror stories that recirculate through social networks. On the other side, there’s the dismissive sighing, eye-rolling, and hand patting of pro-GM partisans. But if you just want a level-headed assessment of the evidence in plain English, that’s in pretty short supply. Fortunately, you’ve found the trove.
Stories in this series:
The genetically modified food debate: Where do we begin?
If we look past the rhetoric on both sides and review the science with an open mind and a skeptical eye, surely we can arrive at some trustworthy conclusions. Right?
The GM safety dance: What’s rule and what’s real
Advocates say genetically modified crops are regulated like crazy. Critics say they are totally unregulated. We hack our way through this rhetorical impasse.
Genetic engineering vs. natural breeding: What’s the difference?
Those of us who are suspicious of GMOs need to come to grips with the ways that the risks of gene-splicing resemble those of old-school agronomy.
Genetically modified seed research: What’s locked and what isn’t
When corporations patent genetically engineered seeds, how tightly do they tie the hands of scientists trying to test their safety?
Genetically modified literature (in which I read books so you don’t have to)
Books on the GMO controversy don't always wear their sympathies and biases on their sleeves -- so here's a handy guide.
Elephant in the room: Why getting the GMO story straight is so hard
Specialization, tribalism, and the human love of a good story make it tough to assemble a full picture of any complex research topic -- including GMOs.
Food for bots: Distinguishing the novel from the knee-jerk in the GMO debate
What are the risks of genetically modified food? And how can critics avoid bias when they study them? We take a deeper look.
Pointed talk: Michael Pollan and Amy Harmon dissect a GM controversy
When one journalist tweets that another's piece contains "too many industry talking points," it takes a lot more than 140 characters to sort out the rights and wrongs.
Golden Rice: Fool’s gold or golden opportunity?
Sure, Big Ag might use the controversial genetically engineered rice as a stalking horse -- but if it's able to help save hundreds of thousands of lives, maybe it deserves a chance.
Golden apple or forbidden fruit? Following the money on GMOs
Surprise! When it comes to assessing who benefits the most from gene-splicing technology in food farming -- corporations? farmers? us? -- there's no consensus.
Are GMOs worth their weight in gold? To farmers, not exactly
Biotech seeds cost more and often return less than conventional crops or organic farming. But they do give farmers a kind of safety net.
Roundup-ready, aim, spray: How GM crops lead to herbicide addiction
Herbicide-resistant crops make it easy for farmers to rely on hefty quantities of weedkiller. Then the weeds evolve, and we have to up the ante.
A 16th-century Dutchman can tell us everything we need to know about GMO patents
Today's agribusiness patent holders have locked out innovation. The annals of maritime exploration offer a way out. Really!
Playing the field: Corn likes to sleep around — and that makes it hard to control GMOs
Pollen spreads, so GMO genes get around. That's everyone's problem -- whether you like your farming organic or industrial.