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:
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?
Advocates say genetically modified crops are regulated like crazy. Critics say they are totally unregulated. We hack our way through this rhetorical impasse.
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.
When corporations patent genetically engineered seeds, how tightly do they tie the hands of scientists trying to test their safety?
Books on the GMO controversy don't always wear their sympathies and biases on their sleeves -- so here's a handy guide.
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.
What are the risks of genetically modified food? And how can critics avoid bias when they study them? We take a deeper look.
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.
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.
Surprise! When it comes to assessing who benefits the most from gene-splicing technology in food farming -- corporations? farmers? us? -- there's no consensus.
Biotech seeds cost more and often return less than conventional crops or organic farming. But they do give farmers a kind of safety net.
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.
Today's agribusiness patent holders have locked out innovation. The annals of maritime exploration offer a way out. Really!
Pollen spreads, so GMO genes get around. That's everyone's problem -- whether you like your farming organic or industrial.