By Fred Gould
Genetically engineered crops and their use in food are hot-button issues. People around the world have a wide range of questions and opinions about the agronomic, environmental, health, and socioeconomic, impacts of these crops. We entomologists have our own questions. How do genetically engineered crops fit into the spectrum of pest management strategies used in agriculture? What are their impacts on insect biodiversity? Will these approaches be overcome by pest resistance?
I’m serving as the chair of the expert committee for a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that seeks to answer those questions. The goal is to bring an independent, objective voice to the sometimes contentious debate around genetic engineering of crop plants with a study that reviews current understanding of the socioeconomic, agronomic, environmental, and health impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops. In addition to assessing whether initial concerns…
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