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Genetically Modified Food or Organic: Do We Have to Choose?

There's a big difference between the questions what is best for my family? and what kind of agriculture is best for the whole world? 

According to Maarten Chrispeels, a plant physiologist and UC San Diego distinguished professor emeritus and Global Food Systems Forum panelist, it's very difficult to choose between organic and GM's. We're being bombarded with information, but how much of that is true? Do we even need to choose between the two? 

Watch the video below to find out. 


"If you're concerned about your health, there isn't any scientific basis to choose for or against organic, or for or against GM."

"If you're concerned about food, there is no scientific basis for choosing for or against GM or organic. If you're concerned about the environment, organic has some interesting practices that emphasize sustainability, but GM crops already lessen the impact of agriculture on the environment."

"The small picture: There is no scientific basis for championing or rejecting either GM or organic. But...you do need to eat more fruits and vegetables: 5 helpings of fruits and vegetables per day cuts the rates of many cancers by 50%"

"The big picture: GM or organic? is a false question. The moral issue for our world is: How do we abolish the food insecurity of 800 million humans? Organic agriculture with its lower yields cannot do this. We need all available and appropriate technologies and food production systems adapted to local ecologies."

What are your thoughts? Comment below. 

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM
  • Author: Marissa Palin
Tags: chrispeels (1), food systems (10), genetically modified (1), GMOs (17), maarten (1), organic (42), sustainably (1), technology (15)


This talk was heavily sided towards GM crops. Almost propaganda for GM crops, even if the intention was to be neutral.  
As a consumer, whatever is "most natural" will always be my choice. Adding genes that allow farmers to spray more herbicides on crops does not sound like a good idea in the long run. DDT was great at what it did too. It was also very good at hurting people as well.

Posted by Simple on March 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Hi Simple,  
Thanks for your comment! There are definitely multiple sides of the story and it is a very complicated issue. We hope to portray both sides this week. Keep following our blog to read more!

Posted by Marissa Palin on March 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

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