The debate continues whether genetically modified organisms are out to save the world or destroy it. But the argument from either side is far from cut-an-dry. Learn the backstory on a few of the most pressing issues.

Genetically Modified Food Pros and Cons

  • Sara Jennings

    Very well done!

  • Ann

    Thank you for this report and the list of sources. Is New Zealand one of the countries that does not allow GMOs? Is there a list of the 60 countries that require GMO labeling?

    • Karina

      there are only about 40 countries. UK, Australia, Arabia and other countries I have forgotten about

      • hoe

        Arabia is not a country :)))))))

      • Lola Lambrechts

        yeah right!
        (not true!!!!!!!)

  • Pat Milone

    So why have the EPA, FDA, U.S. Dept of Agriculture, and Congress abandoned the American people? Why have they turned their back on disease PREVENTION, but throw money at researching “treatments” ? Because pharmaceutical companies make money from treatment, not prevention. Why is our government so quick to legislate in favor of chemical corporations? and companies supported by chemical corporations? Because the Big Six are among the Corporate Dictators running this country now.

    • LtDan43

      Pat it is the legalized bribery in the congress and the revolving door between monsanto and the FDA and USDA. Money – or rather greed hes corrupted our regulatory agencies.

  • Matt

    This article is just more scare tactics by a group with an agenda. From the words used to the leading graphics (skulls to describe herbicides…really? How more leading can you get). The fact is that GMO is a modern form of plant breeding which is technology humans have used since the beginning of time. Man has always tried to improve on what currently is. Our modern advancements in science just allow us now to do it more precise and controlled. 40 years ago we could measure things in parts per millions…today we can measure parts per trillion!

    The fact is, we are facing a world population of 9 to 10 billion people by 2050. In the next 40 years, we have to produce as much food as we did from today back to the first humans. If not, people are going to starve…will it be my family or yours? We are demanding more out of our planet than ever before while using less resources (yes the urban sprawl has consequences) and less environmental impact. The only way we can get there is to enhance the miracles of nature.

    Companies like Monsanto, are shining examples of American ingenuity and drown right hard work and determination. No other country has tackled the food problem like America has. The success of the GMO revolution is evident by the fact that 2012 was the worst draught in the USA since the dust bowl of 1930’s… and still, because of GMO technology, the USA produced its 5th largest corn crop…every!!

    Countries like America are feeding the world. Yes there are countries that ban GMO’s but their agricultural is more a societal statement than an effort to be productive an efficient. New Zealand isn’t going to feed the world! America is!

    • Don

      I do not have the expertise to be certain whether GM is bad for our physical health, but I have all the expertise necessary to see that it is very bad for our freedom and democracies. You say “No other country has tackled the food problem like America has” and maybe you are right. America has allowed a multinational corporation to aggressively and in some ways illegally dominate food production and has also allowed that same corporation to subvert your democracy so as to make itself immune to the results of any wrong doing. You also state “New Zealand isn’t going to feed the world! America is”. Beware of hubris Matt.

    • john dalton

      you are quite amusing aren’t you

    • Zach

      Can’t feed the world when all you care about is money.

      • Lola Lambrechts

        i agree!

    • john cummins

      Agreed, and I’d add that there is an assumption on the right side of the graph that is highly suspect that pesticide use will go up. These companies realize problems and continually adjust, etc. So, by 2025 there could just as easily be better genes in the plants, etc. and herbicide use could be less. The same scare tactics have been used concerning carbon dioxide which is necessary for plant life. For some unknown reason other than totalitarian government scare tactics it has now been defined as a pollutant, etc. It all goes back to Thomas Malthus types of bad predictive models, etc.

    • Sam Kluger

      Actually, humans have not been using agriculture since the beginning of time. At the beginning of time, the earth didn’t exist. And since the earth didn’t exist and humans only exist on the earth, humans have not been growing plants since the beginning of time.
      Also, humans didn’t invent agriculture-the almighty lizard kings did.

  • Pingback: GMO Debate, in a Nutshell (Infographic) | Care2 Healthy Living()

  • Pingback: The good, the bad, and the ugly: A snapshot of the GMO debate [infographic] | Blog Off The Wall()

  • Pingback: Newsflash: “100 Days of Real Food” website | W Cubed()

  • Pingback: Genetically Modified Food Debate |

  • Steve

    This article switched emphasis. How does herbicide resistant GMO relate to increase in pesticide use?

    • Stephen Steffenson

      In case anyone is reading this a year later: if you use glyphosate to kill every plant except your crop, resistances will develop in the weeds themselves. Since you don’t want weeds to grow, you then start increasing the dosage of glyphosate, which leads to the exorbitant usage of glyphosate we sustain nowadays. In the end, only the one producing e.g. Roundup wins.

  • Pingback: GMO Debate | VeggieLuvChicago()

  • Pingback: Genetically Modified Foods: Who Do We Trust? – infographic « Life in the Lost World()

  • Pingback: Get the Scoop, on Genetically Modified Foods | Nature Moms Blog()

  • Pingback: To Genetically Modify, or to Not Genenetically Modify? The Question Continues… | Honk If You're Vegan()

  • Pingback: Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!()

  • Pingback: Is Genetically Modified Food Safe for Consumption?()

  • Pingback: GMOs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Infographic - Kale University()

  • Pingback: What are the Pros and Cons of GMO’s?()

  • Pingback: A Snapshot of the GMO Argument | Raw Food Health Watch()

  • Pingback: A Closer Look Into The GMO Debate! - Whole Lifestyle Nutrition | Organic Recipes | Holistic Recipes()

  • Pingback: Natural News Blogs A Snapshot of the GMO Debate » Natural News Blogs()

  • Pingback: Pros and Cons of GMOs |

  • Pingback: A Snapshot of the GMO Debate | Wausau News()

  • Kevin

    Thanks a lot for all the info! I have to do a huge report about this and you have lots of info.

  • Ailani Simmons

    this link has no good advice on GMO

  • Haley

    Very good information I got everything I needed nice job

  • Morgan Freeman

    Great job! I am quite proud of the smart homosapians

  • MARY

    Where/how do I get permission to reproduce this handout?

  • Ryan Henry

    Great Information for my science Class!!

  • stephen

    very well done

  • Stephen

    thanks for the help

  • angalisa

    not so good

  • john cummins

    Not much of a graph informationally speaking. The meta analysis is pretty much meaningless, and more anecdotal than anything else. Did the pregnant study with pesticides have a control group?