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November 7, 2019 26 min

Episode Summary:

Dr. Dan breaks down the actual science behind the safety and efficacy of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)


Topics discussed are as follows:

  • What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
  • Scientific literature behind the potential benefits of GMOs
  • Literature on the potential dangers of GMOs
  • The real issues behind GMOs
  • Summary/future outlook
  • Dr. Dan recommendation

  • Episode References:

  • See here for an article on the population crisis: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/wsfs/docs/Issues_papers/HLEF2050_Global_Agriculture.pdf
  • Papaya GMO that is resistant to the Papaya ringspot virus and saved the papaya species on the Hawaiian Islands: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3976845/
  • Article on the discovery of golden rice: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10657094
  • Carotenoids in golden rice are converted to Vitamin A in humans: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19369372
  • Macronutrient ratios in golden rice are comparable to other species of rice: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31282158
  • FDA determination that golden rice is safe for consumption: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29979646
  • Development of aSTARice that produces astaxanthin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30506343
  • Potential loss of biodiversity with GMOs: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28645870
  • GMO status in the EU: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30838488

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