Santa Fe Institute

Genetically Modified Foods: Monsters or Miracles?

by Nina Fedoroff
Sept. 14, 2006
We're bombarded with conflicting claims about genetically modified (GM) foods. Some claim that they will provide the food to sustain humanity on an increasingly crowded planet. Others claim they’re toxic to people and the environment. What are we to believe? The third lecture examines the history of food plants, describes the differences between previous and present methods of modifying them, and addresses common food safety and biodiversity concerns about GM crops and foods.