Watch Live As Scientists Debate The Benefits And Drawbacks Of GMOs With A Monsanto Executive

Tune in live at 6:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 3 for a spirited debate on the risks and rewards of biotechnology and genetically-modified organisms, commonly known as GMOs.

The debate, hosted by Intelligence Squared U.S. in New York City, will feature two experts arguing in support of GMOs and two against. Participants will “debate the risks and rewards of genetically modified food in terms of our safety, their impact on the environment, and whether they can help improve food security around the globe,” according to the organization.

Monsanto Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Fraley will argue in favor of biotech, alongside Alison Van Eenennaam, a genomics and biotechnology research at University of California Davis. Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Margaret Mellon, a science policy consultant with the Union of Concerned Scientists, will take the other side.

Since their introduction in the late 1990s, the use of genetically-engineered crops has become widespread in the U.S. Modified versions of more than a dozen different plants have been approved by the federal government, but most farm acreage planted with GMOs grow corn, cotton and soybeans. —> Read More Here


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