Genetically Modified Foods

May 24, 2010

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Palmer amaranth, or pigweed, can spread through fields of "Roundup Ready" crops, sometimes growing to be seven feet tall and so sturdy that it can damage farm machinery

Today we're bringing back our "Food Mondays" series with a show about genetically modified organisms.

Genetically modified crops have had their genes altered in some way - for example, to make them easier to grow or harvest, or to make them resistant to drought or parasites.

Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman is Senior Scientist in the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Last year he wrote a report that reviewed two dozen independent, academic, scientific studies of genetically engineered corn and soybeans, and he says much more research still needs to be done.

We'll find out why, and learn about the potential health and environmental risks of genetically modified foods.