We are physicians, biochemists, plant geneticists, and other scientists joined in a commitment to provide a public platform where genetically engineered (GE) crop and food impacts are openly discussed and thoughtfully analyzed.
We strive to develop an evidence-based framework for evaluating the impacts of food systems reliant on GE technology on ecosystems and on human health. We do this by drawing upon insights emerging among health care practitioners and researchers on the linkages between food and dietary choices, and health outcomes. We hope that our focus on cutting-edge discoveries in health and the environmental sciences will guide consumers, journalists, policymakers, scientists, and healthcare providers toward deeper understanding of the costs, risks, and benefits of GE crops and foods derived from genetic engineering.
Expert Advisory Board: Methodology and Roles
In an effort to provide a productive, meaningful, scientifically rigorous, and open platform for perspectives and viewpoints grounded in science, each member of the GMO Science Expert Advisory Board (EAB) has agreed to the following:
- The articles that EAB members prepare for GMO Science will be written according to the highest scientific principles and based on published research, not anecdote. Any opinions given will be identified as such (see item 5 below).
- GMO Science includes contributions from a variety of academic disciplines. EAB members appraise the validity of the contributions from the fields in which they have expertise by virtue of their training or experience.
- Our guidelines for contributions and our expert review process will be made available on this site when finalized.
- GMO Science will publish, or provide links to, pieces written by experts who are not EAB members. These articles may not reflect the opinions of all EAB members.
- Certain contributions are written from the distinct perspective of one particular scientist or health care practitioner and will be identified on the site as Opinion or Perspective pieces with the name of the author clearly identified. The opinions stated in these pieces will not be attributable to any scientist or health practitioner other than the author.
How genetically engineered (GE) ingredients may affect you
Optimal health requires that you provide your body with what it needs and avoid what harms it. When it comes to food, there are a variety of competing choices for a healthy diet, including the Dietary Guidelines for the Nation issued by the federal government, the American Dietetic Association’s recommendations, and a host of other types of diets, e.g., vegetarian or vegan, Mediterranean, “paleo.” Advocates of these and other diets make an effort to base their recommendations on published studies that compare people making different dietary choices.
By contrast, although foods derived from GE crops have gone from non-existent in 1994 to nearly ubiquitous in 20 years, not a single study has compared humans who eat them to those who don’t. It is clearly in the public interest to enable science-based decisions about including foods and food ingredients derived from GE crops and animals in our diets. Therefore, research on the possible effects of GE crops on human and animal health, as well as their effects on the environment, should be undertaken and carefully interpreted in light of evidence from as many types of studies as possible. That is what this website, GMOScience.org, is all about.