Talking about the Ecological Risks of GMOs

by Rachel Baker on October 31, 2013

Here’s an interesting piece on what the GMO debate is missing. Its written by Sasha Wright who is an ecologist at the Jena Biodiversity Experiment in Germany where she designs computer models to predict how biodiversity responds to climate change. She teaches ecology and plant physiology at Sarah Lawrence College and just finished teaching a course on ecology and environmental release at Genspace.

Over the last couple of months Scientific American and the New York Times published public pleas to halt the rhetoric surrounding genetically engineered crops and public health. For the most part, the scientific community agrees that eating GE foods is “no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques” (AAAS 2012).

These statements, however, say nothing about ecological risks.

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