GMOs in Agriculture

To help inform policy discussions and public discussion about genetically engineered (GE) agricultural products, Dan Arp, Dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, commissioned a series of white papers to explore five areas of public interest.

(Reposted from Oregon’s Agricultural Progress)

In spring of 2014 the dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences charged a faculty committee to review and summarize key considerations related to genetically engineered (GE) organisms. The committee chose five topics that engaged faculty expertise and that reflected public interest regarding GE organisms in agriculture.

Committee members drafted these white papers as a service to the public for the purpose of providing information from several scientific perspectives. These papers have been reviewed by all committee members and are intended to help inform public conversations about genetically engineered organisms in agriculture. Click each title to download a PDF.

1. Defining GE organisms in agriculture

2. How human values affect views on GE crops

3. Food safety and regulations for GE organisms in agriculture

4. Assessing the net social benefit of GE organisms in agriculture

5. Implications of gene flow and natural selection in genetically engineered crops

By Nick Houtman

Nick Houtman is director of research communications at OSU and edits Terra, a world of research and creativity at Oregon State University. He has experience in weekly and daily print journalism and university science writing. A native Californian, he lived in Wisconsin and Maine before arriving in Corvallis in 2005.