• Question: Could you provide a definite answer to some people who believe that GM food is not safe to eat.

    Asked by spongeniz to Nik, Grant on 18 Mar 2013.
    • Photo: Grant Campbell

      Grant Campbell answered on 18 Mar 2013:

      The danger of GM food, such as it is, is not eating it. It’s the possible effects of GM crops on global agriculture and economics – the ability of nations to grow and/or afford enough food for their people. Thus the main issues of GM food are not actually scientific – they are political and economic. I have no strong objection to eating GM food – yes, there may be dangers of something poisonous being in there that shouldn’t, but that is true of other foods as well. I do have concerns over how GM crops could compromise the robustness and security of the global food supply, through two effects: (i) reducing the range of crops that are planted and hence their resistance to disease; and (ii) increasing the control of a few companies over the food supply. This is a very brief answer to a big issue, but those are the main concerns in my view.

    • Photo: Nik Watson

      Nik Watson answered on 19 Mar 2013:

      I know very little about GM food, a great answer by grant