Plant scientists: GM technology is safe

Author(s): Noah Fahlgren, Rebecca Bart, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Rubén Rellán-Álvarez, Daniel H. Chitwood, José R. Dinneny
Date of Publication: February 2016

On November 9, 2015, we initiated a petition to gauge the support of the plant scientific community for the use of advanced genetic modification approaches for crop improvement (1). Over 1,400 individuals have signed a statement, which advocates the position of the American Society of Plant Biologists—the largest organization of plant scientists in the world—on GMOs. The ASPB position statement “supports the continued responsible use of genetic engineering … as an effective tool for advancing food security and reducing the negative environmental impacts of agriculture” (2). This position, supported by our petitioners, and voiced by other scientists via governmental and scientific organizations from throughout the world (3-8), invokes that science guide decisions about GMO safety and efficacy.

Citation: Fahlgren N, Bart R, Herrera-Estrella L, Rellán-Álvarez R, Chitwood DH, Dinneny JR. Plant scientists: GM technology is safe. Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science; 2016;351: 824.