What are the benefits of food biotechnology?
Consumer 1: I do think it’s OK to push nature. I think if it’s environmentally helpful and OK for our bodies, why not?
Consumer 2: I know that a lot of GMO’s go to countries in Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa because they’re high in nutrients and you don’t really have to consume a lot of them to get these kids out of malnutrition.
Consumer 3: It’s not what nature intended so we don’t know what the outcome is.
Consumer 4: We’ve been modifying fruits and vegetables, and all kinds of foods forever. You know, do it with genetics and that kind of thing, and this is just advanced genetics isn’t it?
Dr. Burks: So the foods that we produce through agricultural biotechnology, we study those foods — the proteins that we put into the foods — extensively before it goes in. And as we put those new foods together, the benefits that we get from improved nutrition, better ways to grow the products, they’re all really positive things. There really have not been any significant … [or even] mild minor side effects from an allergic standpoint or population standpoint that would make me not want to continue to do things like this.
Dr. Green: So many people in California are so concerned about the environmental impact of so many processes in life, and biotechnology has led to foods that require less pesticides, fewer herbicides and even combat viruses that
damage crops. So overall these methodologies have so improved the quality of our environment and the quality of our food supply.
Dr. Teuber: Biotechnology can enhance the production of foods that require less herbicides and less pesticides. So this is a good point for our environment because you have less fuel use, less CO2 emissions, less chance for residues in the food supply, as well as less exposure of farm workers and farmers to these herbicides and pesticides.
Dr. Kleinman: It’s very important in agriculture to use this because we’re facing a very large growth in the population of the world over the next 25 to 50 years, and we’re going to have to feed that population. And biotechnology offers us the best hope to be able to do that.
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