Issue #Spring/Summer 2018

The Science Behind GMOs

Published August 15, 2018

By: AgBioResearch

Genetically modified organisms and the science from experts who study them.



Editor's Note: Covering GMOs is long overdue

Published on August 15, 2018

Futures editor Holly Whetstone says that despite the controversy, the time to talk about the science behind GMOs is now.

GMOs 101: Getting down to basics

Published on August 15, 2018

MSU researchers offer a primer on the basics of GMO foods, breaking down an often difficult and controversial subject.

Are GMOs Safe?

Published on August 15, 2018

Exploring the safety of genetically modified foods.

To label or not...: Navigating current laws & initiatives on GMO labeling

Published on August 15, 2018

Often times, the line between useful, accurate scientific information and marketing is blurred when it comes to food labels, making them confusing for consumers. GMOs are no exception to this.

GMOs: A surrogate for the debate about agriculture?

Published on August 15, 2018

Perceptions of the agricultural and food industries, trends in higher education, questions around research funding, political leanings and socioeconomic factors can also play a part in public concern over GMOs.

Walking the GMO tightrope: Communicating effectively on a divisive subject

Published on August 15, 2018

When discussing divisive subjects like GMOs, the key is building a long-term relationship through honesty, authenticity and politeness that helps establish trust.

Superweeds, secondary pests & lack of biodiversity are frequent GMO concerns

Published on August 15, 2018

Since the introduction of GMO crops, consumers, policymakers and scientists alike have raised concerns over their potential negative effects on the environment.

Growing new soybeans for Uganda

Published on August 15, 2018

GMOs could offer new opportunities to smallholder farmers.

Resistance: Yesterday, today & tomorrow

Published on August 15, 2018

Resistance is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a direct result of the introduction of genetically modified organisms, according to Michigan State University researchers.

Researcher Q&A: Ron Bates - Making a difference, living his dream

Published on August 15, 2018

Ron Bates's ultimate goal is to provide the best service possible to Michigan residents through MSU Extension.

Opinion: High time for scientists - me included - to look in the mirror

Published on August 15, 2018

MSU AgBioResearch director Doug Buhler discusses GMOs and the relationship between scientists and the public.

Long-time Futures & MSU photographer Kurt Stepnitz retires

Published on August 15, 2018

After 29 consecutive years of snapping photos for Futures magazine, long-time Michigan State University photographer Kurt Stepnitz retired in early May 2018.