Political Ideologies and the Anti-GMO Movement

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The Anti-GMO movement has been around since before GM technology first walked across the world stage. The mere hint of it initiated the creation of activist groups against it, and the ideology of anti-GMO began before the public really knew anything about the science. The pervasive question here is why? It should come as no surprise that the majority of anti-GMO sentiment comes from the left portion of the political spectrum. The common thought process is that the right supports GMOs because they support big business. This may be true to some extent, but I don’t think the causation is

The Promise of GMOs: Herbicides

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This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? In the case of decreasing herbicide use and improving the environmental impact, there is data to back up industry claims.

The Promise of GMOs: Conservation Tillage

A no-till system with young corn plants growing in wheat residues. Photo by CIMMYT via Flickr.

This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? In the case of increasing conservation tillage, there is data to back up industry claims.

The Promise of GMOs: Mycotoxins

Maize ear showing cottony growth caused by Fusarium ear rot (Gibberella fujikuroi, anam. Fusarium moniliforme). The fungus produces the mycotoxin fumonisin. Photo by Thomas Lumpkin of CIMMYT via Flickr.

This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? In the case of reducing dangerous mycotoxins, there is data to back up industry claims.

The Promise of GMOs: Nutrition

Soybeans, oil, and meal. Image from the  United Soybean Board via Flickr.

This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? So far it’s not looking very good. While all of the nutrition-related claims about biotechnology are certainly possible, there are no crops with these types of traits available on the market yet.