July 2010 Issue

Genetically Engineered Foods Update

Genetically engineered (GE) foods (also referred to as biotechnology or genetically modified) have elicited strong reactions since their first introduction almost 15 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, genetic engineering is either "doomsday tech" or "biotechnology for the future." The public opinion on GE foods is split. According to a Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology (one of many initiatives under the umbrella of the Pew Charitable Trusts) survey, 46 percent of respondents donít know what to think about the safety of GE foods; for those with an opinion, about half believe they are basically safe and about half believe they are unsafe.

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