When I first started my research for our series on Genetically Modified Organisms (G.M.O.s), I figured that if I talked to enough people, read enough articles, and listened to enough lectures, I could find some answers to the ongoing debate over the use and labeling of G.M.O.s. But I quickly found out that there are no easy answers in this controversy.
Opinions flared on each side, the number of angles to the debate seemed to grow exponentially, and for every fact that was presented — another fact was there to counter.
In the end, I realized we had to start at the beginning: with some G.M.O.s 101 — the science, the farmers, and the consumers like you. Because once you have the facts, it’s up to you to make up your own mind when it comes to whether or not you believe G.M.O.s are helpful or harmful to our future.
And if you wanna dig a little more, following are some of the most informative and easy to understand articles I found while researching this story.
- Before voting on Hawaii’s proposed bill to ban G.M.O.s, a Hawaiian councilman attempts to get to the bottom of the G.M.O. debate by carefully examining the many claims and facts about bio-engineered food.
- With so many varying reports on and claims about G.M.O.s, both LiveStrong and decoded science do a great job listing it in simple “pro” versus “con” terms.
- Still got G.M.O. questions? The world health organization answers twenty of the most common G.M.O. questions and USA Today sums it up in a What You Need to Know list.
So what do you think? Are G.M.O.s helpful or harmful?