National Academies of Science release GE crop report
May 20, 2016
Genetically-engineered crops are as safe to eat as their non-GE counterparts, they have no adverse environmental impacts, and they have reduced the use of pesticides. That’s according to a comprehensive report released by the National Academy of Sciences—a group founded by the U.S. Congress to provide expert scientifically-based advice on a wide variety of issues. But the academy also found that GE or (genetically-modified organisms or GMO) crops didn’t increase those crops’ potential yields, and they did lead to widespread and expensive problems with herbicide-resistant weeds. The report acknowledges that beyond safety, other issues need to be addressed, including earning the public’s trust. It recommends a more transparent and inclusive conversation about GE crops going forward. ASA and CSSA released a joint statement applauding the work from the National Academies and reiterating their support of biotechnology. Several media outlets covered the release, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.