Producers, consumers and the whole world can see a debate live online this Wednesday, Dec. 3rd. Monsanto Company Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Robert Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, Genomics and Biotechnology Researcher, UC Davis, will participate in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion “Genetically Modify Food.” You can see a live stream of the debate 6:45 pm ET here or through IQ2’s new app.
Genetically modified (GM) foods have been around for decades. Created by modifying the DNA of one organism through the introduction of genes from another, they are developed for a number of different reasons—to fight disease, enhance flavor, resist pests, improve nutrition, survive drought—and are mainly found in our food supply in processed foods using corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, and as feed for farm animals.
Arguing against the science includes Charles Benbrook, Research Professor, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources and Margaret Mellon, Science Policy Consultant & Fmr. Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists.