Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food

  • Published: 30 March 2017
  • Are GMOs bad for your health? Or is this fear unfounded?

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    #What is natural:

    GM insulin:

    Genetic engineering for thousands of years:


    # Are GMOs bad for your health
    GMOs and gene flow:

    terminator seeds:

    Plants that are destined to be eaten are evaluated by different agencies

    GMOs are safe– various studies and reports by respected authorities:
    National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine:

    An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research:

    Letter of 110 Nobel laureates vouching for GMOs:


    Various others:

    Bt crops:

    herbicide-resistant crops:

    # What good GMOs can do

    Bt eggplants:

    Gm papaya:

    # Look in the crystal ball:

    drought-resistant crops:

    plants that produce more nutrients:

    vitamin-fortified banana:

    nitrogen-fixing crops:

    Chestnut tree:

    Potential for landsparing:

    # Further reading:

    Bt cotton in India:

    Article on popular science:

    Blog series on GMOs:

    Ecomodernist manifesto:

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    Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food

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    • Popeye Gordon
      Popeye Gordon  15 hours back

      +Noah Bruckner Organic farmers use Bt toxin on their crops. In the ultimate irony, many of them actually do inject the bases of their larger plants with a hypodermic needle containing Bt toxin. GMOs never involve needles but Youtube trash videos show it every day.

    • Noah Bruckner
      Noah Bruckner  15 hours back

      didn't the value of the eggplant decrease ?

    • Popeye Gordon
      Popeye Gordon  17 hours back

      +XRookX . GMO is never an actual food ingredient any more than seed selection, hybridization or grafting is. GMO is a laboratory breeding method, GMO seeds grow plain old foods. Any food with an "off taste" will not survive in the marketplace so that was a stupid comment.

    • Popeye Gordon
      Popeye Gordon  17 hours back

      +Jim Damn right. This is my retirement hobby 5 hours a day, 365 days a year for the last 6 years. I am proud of my defense of honest hard working farmers and crop scientists. I also call out conspiratards on anti-vax, anti-fluoride and chemtrail bullshit. This is a noble pursuit. I will never stop as long as conspiratards and trolls exist.

  • Deepak Dragonballztwo
    Deepak Dragonballztwo  7 hours back

    it is bullshit

    • Mohammad Muhud
      Mohammad Muhud  7 hours back

      What would happen if birds ate the GMO plant

      • ALLMEDIA vevo
        ALLMEDIA vevo  10 hours back

        the same way gmo's kill the insects the samway it's killing your cells internally don't let them fool u all......

      • Cody Schlenker
        Cody Schlenker  15 hours back

        Water soluble vs non water soluble GMOs is the issue.

        • Ya boi Cash
          Ya boi Cash  21 hours back

          Imagine the first farmer to breed two genetically superior barleys together and the offspring comes out really good and they’re like “Yoooooo”

          • Jason Yao
            Jason Yao  21 hours back

            Pest shield over 9000

            • WillShackAttack
              WillShackAttack  1 days back

              No. No. Shut up.
              I no agree, my opinion is fact!
              GMO BAD!!!

              • Hai Dere
                Hai Dere  1 days back

                Did the nzrrorater say vit a mins? Instead of voite a mins?

                • SA Tahaa
                  SA Tahaa  1 days back

                  Omg.. my country was featured

                  • Pex
                    Pex  1 days back

                    why the hell would someone dislike this video?

                    • Popeye Gordon
                      Popeye Gordon  11 hours back

                      +pidromonz Now your true mental state has become clear for all readers to see. You are in your own little hell, I can't make it any worse.

                    • pidromonz
                      pidromonz  11 hours back

                      +Popeye Gordon You little c unt, You are lucky everything I wrote is not here anymore cause I was shoving my d ick in your mom for a while till i got tired and you p rick came out. Good thing I thought her how to make a genetically engineered retar dos shi teus meaning a fr eaking genetically ill kid that was s hit through the a ss instead of being naturally born. You disrespected the elderly as you are a re tarded troll that sits in his room all day and does nothing. Fu cking GMO nature would laugh at how mutated you are

                    • Popeye Gordon
                      Popeye Gordon  17 hours back

                      Pex - Because of the very pervasive genetic illiteracy. The pidromonz comment is a perfect example. He is old and senile and never got a genetics education in his one room schoolhouse.

                    • pidromonz
                      pidromonz  23 hours back

                      Because it is not reality. Because it is not scientifically correct. Because if you would actually grow real crops you would know that the taste and nutrition value is 10% of organic crops. Maybe do some independent research or better yet try to grow something before looking at some animations and wondering why.

                  • if you read this you are a bad person

                    I come from the animation
                    I stayed for the gmo

                    • MizBagley
                      MizBagley  1 days back

                      © PvZ
                      Was this a mistake?
                      Was it intentional?
                      If it was, you’re getting sued.

                    • Y A
                      Y A  2 days back

                      When I was little I would learn from magic School bus, not it's kurzgestagt

                      • Some Guy's Channel
                        Some Guy's Channel  2 days back

                        Humans: Create problems like global warming, etc.
                        GMO: Modern problems require modern solutions.

                        • -5000 subscribers with a screwdriver addiction Xx

                          8:35 BIO-SPHERE!!!! ITS BIO-DISC YOU IMBECILE!!!! THE EARTH IS FLAT


                          ( for any crazy person who can’t undestand sarcasm that was a joke

                          • ssestakhch
                            ssestakhch  2 days back

                            >"The new organic"


                            • Popeye Gordon
                              Popeye Gordon  17 hours back

                              No, far better and more sustainable than organic. We simply do not have enough acreage on the planet to grow all organic foods without cutting down all forests.

                          • Zadio_45
                            Zadio_45  2 days back

                            How do you make or adopt one of your birds

                            • Fac_tion
                              Fac_tion  2 days back

                              they should only chop 3% of the trees

                              • Popeye Gordon
                                Popeye Gordon  17 hours back

                                Then support sustainable GMO agriculture. Organic crops need more land for the same yield.

                            • Forza Horizon 3
                              Forza Horizon 3  3 days back

                              How come the Fda took down the source?? could you try adding a new site... one that works????

                              • Popeye Gordon
                                Popeye Gordon  17 hours back

                                Links change over time. If google can not find what you want ask me.

                            • Jamesfilms 1
                              Jamesfilms 1  3 days back

                              Kurzgesagt my bird is a red bird if u see one it is probably mine

                              • Nico Tress
                                Nico Tress  3 days back

                                That is the single worst advertisement on GMOs I have seen so far. And you say it yourself in the video: GMOs have the potential to "dampen the effects of our own irresponsible behavior". Should we not try to change our irresponsible behavior towards being responsible? Irresponsible behavior is what led to pests being so strong; in Hawaii for example, because they are farming papayas in monocultures which usually have a rather low genetic variance and are, therefore, threatened by pests. GMOs are blurring what we are doing wrong by mitigating the effects of what we as humans are notoriously messing up. Results are inequality, climate change and biodiversity loss. By using and developing GMOS we as humans we will never get down to the real problems or our society nor change our societal behavior but keep doing what we are doing, because we think we can, until "shit hits the fan". At that point it will be to late for the majority of the people on this planet to do anything.

                                • pidromonz
                                  pidromonz  23 hours back

                                  Indeed. There is no need for us to focus on these things. It's clear the video was sponsored by GMO to show the good parts and divert the attention from the reality.
                                  Also the papaya problem is another example of how people mess up. We don't need to have 1 person taking care of 1 million plants, instead for healthy crops, instead of spraying tons of chemicals really more people need to work hard to clear weed and pests. It's a difficult job so all man is doing is to look for shortcuts and fight with nature. A war that can't be won.

                              • Meridon Mage
                                Meridon Mage  3 days back

                                If only sience would be that accurate & honestly open. They are surely painting the picture a certain way. I doubt that there is such accuracy in gene editing of food. There are still hospitals filled with patiënts who eat GMO foods. Not saying regular foods are so well evolved either. Nowadays there aren't so many ancient food variations to choose from. What's natural anyways? I really don't know. Climate resistant crops & increased healthy nutriënts okay....

                                • Popeye Gordon
                                  Popeye Gordon  3 days back

                                  You are free to express doubt but that is not based on peer reviewed facts or actual conditions. YOU CAN NOT link a single person or animal that has been harmed in any way by eating foods that use the best breeding methods. Your bullshit about hospitals is a blatant bald faced ignorant lie you made up here on the spot. GMOs are not consumed, they are not food ingredients. GMO seed grows plain old food. You have never eaten a bowl of hybridization, a seed selection sandwich or a grafting salad and you have never eaten a 'GMO', you have eaten the wholesome foods those seeds grow. You got one thing almost right, there is no such thing as a 'natural' food now unless we catch it wild. We have altered all food genes for over 10,000 years for our benefit. We refuse to use any mutation that is not 100% beneficial and all new ones are tested for years before approval. Natural selection has always done the same with mutations that have to compete to survive.

                              • grooby aheyug
                                grooby aheyug  3 days back

                                me:*makes plant bear more fruit*
                                karen: iTs UnNatUral sO Its BAd FoR You

                                • Darwin Ranzone
                                  Darwin Ranzone  3 days back

                                  Could become
                                  But some corporations are thinking on how they can extract more money from the people instead of improving the natural ecossystems we live in

                                  so it is a nice story at the end but it is not the reality of GMO the way it is applied today

                                  • Darwin Ranzone
                                    Darwin Ranzone  2 days back

                                    +Popeye Gordon
                                    You know well that most GMO is for mass agriculture those niche cases are good unfortunately they are not what gives most profit for gmo companies and they never will, hence pressuring gmo companies is the right thing to do

                                  • Popeye Gordon
                                    Popeye Gordon  2 days back

                                    +Darwin Ranzone Not clear - all seed is used.

                                  • Darwin Ranzone
                                    Darwin Ranzone  2 days back

                                    +Popeye Gordon
                                    How about the percentile that is actually used?

                                • Badger Wisdoms
                                  Badger Wisdoms  3 days back

                                  My only worry about GMO's are that if it's allowed to be applied freely, scientists will keep pushing the goal post of what is morally defensible. Not all countries and cultures share the same view on what's right or wrong, and so all kinds of potentially invasive species will be developed, to the detrement of existing plant and wildlife. It's impossible to foresee what the effects could be. We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere, and i'd rather draw it sooner rather than later.

                                  Am i being paranoid? Perhaps. But i think the area of GMO's has to be heavily tested, legislated and limited. And only the safest and most beneficial, non invasive soutions should be allowed.

                                  • Eragon7
                                    Eragon7  2 days back

                                    +Badger Wisdoms

                                    They already are. From the sounds of it, you dont really know anything about GMO regulation. Any food item at all that hits the consumer market must meet FDA regulations as well as other safety and health regulations. GMOs especially. All this stuff has been thoroughly screened.

                                    Not only that, but you're willing to halt one of the most important innovations in technology in human history because you're just a little uncomfortable about something you know pretty much nothing about. GMOs can save billions to trillions of dollars, save millions of lives, and like they mentioned in the video, even help protect the biosphere and reduce man made climate change.

                                    Not only that, but there are already massive amounts of foods that are GMOs and you dont even REALIZE it. Probably half the fruits or vegetables at a super market are GMOs in one way or another, and ALL of them have been selectively breaded by humans altering their genetic information.

                                    Also, on top of all of this, what immoral stuff do you think theyre even trying to do? How would any of the shit they're trying to do even be immoral. All they're doing is introducing genetic material from plants and bacteria into a new plant to add new traits that are massively beneficial. Its not like they're disceting babies or some other sifi-horror shit. This is why you need to actually educate yourself on what this technology actually is cuz people dont understand anything about how this shit actually works. All they know is shit from fucking movies with no real understanding at all.

                                  • Popeye Gordon
                                    Popeye Gordon  3 days back

                                    Yes you are paranoid and operating from a reality deprived stance. You don not understand that "freely" has to include very extensive testing mandated by safety agencies, no exceptions. FDA, USDA & EPA tests take years to complete before any GMO seed is sold. Invasive species are a separate issue and not related to GMO seed. You can not cite wild fields of corn, soy or cotton. It doesn't work that way. ALL FARMING OF EVERY SORT IS INVASIVE TO NATURE! No exceptions. No farm is ever non-invasive, the only natural state for land is virgin forest or pristine prairies. That ship has sailed.

                                • Coral Maynard
                                  Coral Maynard  3 days back

                                  I'm not against the idea of gmos, they sound great, but my biggest concern is long term effects; studies can't say what will happen to the body over time, it could take 50 years for effects to show. Again I'm not against the idea, it's just a concern.

                                  • Popeye Gordon
                                    Popeye Gordon  3 days back

                                    You are repeating the fear mongering meme inserted into your brain by anti-science activists secretly funded by the organic foods cartel. There is no GMO bogeyman. When we eat something bad we know it within 20 minutes to 6 hours. 50 years my ass!!!! Science has never documented a 50 year delayed food reaction, ever, let alone a 1 year delay. We have been enjoying GMO sourced foods for 27 years, a human generation is 25 years.

                                • Cempa TV
                                  Cempa TV  3 days back

                                  video is missleading..

                                  • Electro Gamer
                                    Electro Gamer  3 days back

                                    Couldn't we make chocolate and cake and all the super unhealthy food have the same taste but make it as healthy as eating an apple?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

                                    • Popeye Gordon
                                      Popeye Gordon  3 days back

                                      +pidromonz Ignorant horseshit lie. 100% - YES A FULL ONE HUNDRED PERCENT IDENTICAL FLAVOR AND NUTRITION PROFILE IS ACHIEVED WITH EITHER ORGANIC OR GMO. It's the law!! The only difference in flavor is directly connected to harvesting or picking at full ripeness or before full ripeness to get foods to market before spoiling. GMOs are required by law to be nutritionally equivalent or they don't get approved so stop the nasty lies you senile fuktard asshole troll. You are spreading false hatred intentionally.

                                    • pidromonz
                                      pidromonz  3 days back

                                      Nope, making GMO's can't even reach the taste of an organic plant, not even 10%, as they can't engineer the taste or the nutrition value as the original ones.

                                  • 변에리
                                    변에리  4 days back

                                    We should all know that without this we will not have enough food on this planet to feed all these mouths but still a part of me wishes to eat healthy natural and non GMO food, I know we need it but at least they shouldn't make it harmful to health on the long run.

                                    • Popeye Gordon
                                      Popeye Gordon  3 days back

                                      Part of you is misguided and misled. There is no such thing as 'natural' food. That word will be banned from food labels. We have altered what was once natural plants and animals for over 10,000 years. There is also ZERO proof of any harmful long term effects that do not also exist with organic or conventional sourced foods.

                                  • Ethribin
                                    Ethribin  4 days back

                                    The fear people have is that you can build your own plants.
                                    Which makes them uncomfortable.
                                    They have a point in that a new gmo plant has to be tested to see if its still within health standarts. But that is something doable

                                    • AdamGameToons
                                      AdamGameToons  4 days back

                                      Why does everyone hate the cooler Daniel

                                      • Albert Sanchez
                                        Albert Sanchez  4 days back

                                        Papaya: *Gets vaccinated*

                                        Karen: REEEEEEEEEEEEE

                                        • ChrisW
                                          ChrisW  4 days back

                                          Maybe we can modify humans to be much smaller in the future resulting in less food and water needs

                                          • Aero Games
                                            Aero Games  4 days back

                                            so good video

                                            • Jim
                                              Jim  4 days back

                                              @popeye Gordon answer me please!

                                              • Popeye Gordon
                                                Popeye Gordon  2 days back

                                                +Jim No. You don't decide what is a waste of time for others. As we age and have reduced physical limitations we choose different battles. Defending science truths from liars and Russian trolls is a noble pursuit, whether you care about it or not. The US government has declared social media as a threat to national security.

                                              • Jim
                                                Jim  2 days back

                                                +Popeye Gordon that's a waste of your time. There's got to be something you enjoy more that you could do with your life

                                              • pidromonz
                                                pidromonz  3 days back

                                                +Popeye Gordon You don't defend science kid, you just are a person who has no background related to real science, are just a keyboard warrior and swear at everyone who points the truth.

                                            • Colossalis
                                              Colossalis  4 days back

                                              Finally something that realizes gmos r fine and not the devil

                                              • Demetri Frost
                                                Demetri Frost  5 days back

                                                No mention of Monsanto? :( Come on guys, I know you can do better.

                                                • pidromonz
                                                  pidromonz  3 days back

                                                  +Jim This guy is clearly a kid with no brain, he is just here to lie and spread fake news while swearing at everyone who has a real point or an actual science degree.
                                                  He needs a shot of Roundhouse to clear those few neurons that were left behind when his brain went for a permanent vacation to neverland.

                                                • Jim
                                                  Jim  4 days back

                                                  +Popeye Gordon do you live here?

                                                • Popeye Gordon
                                                  Popeye Gordon  4 days back

                                                  Hey dumb ass - Monsanto closed down almost two years ago.

                                              • Lumberjack
                                                Lumberjack  5 days back

                                                comparing gmo to selective breeding is not really a good comparison
                                                yes you can achieve certain outcomes with both methodes but gmo is much more powerfull since it can interduce genes from completely other species that would never be able to transfer that gene into that organism e.g. the bt crops you are talking about in this video
                                                it is also very uncertain what gene drift can do with the enviroment since the consequences can not be perdicted
                                                don´t get me wrong gmos have a very high potential but it is necessary to be carefull about how you use it since the consequences are not simple to understand and even harder to predict

                                                • pidromonz
                                                  pidromonz  3 days back

                                                  Correct. This video has nice animations but the associations made are not really well documented.

                                              • Zombie Bubz
                                                Zombie Bubz  5 days back

                                                This video was really helpful!

                                                • Andrew Konhauser
                                                  Andrew Konhauser  5 days back

                                                  I don’t mind this discussion it’s rather important but I hated it in 7 grade I barely understood this bull crap (it’s not) it was annoying me thinking I was so stupid back then I was going against it because I just saw the negative side of it and I think there isn’t many

                                                  • pidromonz
                                                    pidromonz  3 days back

                                                    Actually you are right. You were not stupid at all. You had goodintuition.
                                                    The video is misleading as it compares GMO (which is modifying organisms in a lab) with selective breeding.
                                                    GMO's do not have the same nutrition value or taste as they are rushed ( in nature a plant takes hundreds to thousands of years to evolve the genes )
                                                    GMO's will never reach the proper value of real crops. They appeared because corporations are greedy and wish to make tons of profits by having 100% sales from their plants, where organic ones do not last even 30% as much.

                                                • crazygame crafter
                                                  crazygame crafter  5 days back

                                                  But allergies tho

                                                  • Jim
                                                    Jim  4 days back

                                                    +Popeye Gordon I saw your comments from 2 months ago. Why are you still here?

                                                  • Popeye Gordon
                                                    Popeye Gordon  4 days back

                                                    No. All GMOs undergo years of safety testing before approval and potential allergens are specifically tested for. The very few people that end up with a GMO allergy are less in number as those with allergies from conventional and organic foods.

                                                • RollingBarrelz 14
                                                  RollingBarrelz 14  5 days back

                                                  Took 600+ hours to make, is extremely informative and beautifully animated. Now tell me who are the 6.5k who disliked this video

                                                  • pidromonz
                                                    pidromonz  3 days back

                                                    I am one of them as making a video 'cute' doesn't make it scientifically accurate. It has many flaws that are meant to turn the viewer's points towards the 'positive side' which in real life is very low compared to the downsides and not to mention the comparisons made are totally misleading.

                                                  • hariss nasry
                                                    hariss nasry  4 days back

                                                    Anti-GMO freaks.

                                                • FFA is ma LIFE
                                                  FFA is ma LIFE  5 days back

                                                  Who here is from FFA, 4H, or Agri?

                                                  • Red Crusader
                                                    Red Crusader  5 days back

                                                    6:42 what does a centrifuge have to do with GMOs?

                                                    • pidromonz
                                                      pidromonz  3 days back

                                                      +Red Crusader Don't relate to what this kid is saying. He is a little troll who googles everything and has no real clue about how the world spins.
                                                      To find the truth you need your own research and experience. He is just hear to swear at people and mislead them. Trust me, he is really toxic.

                                                    • Popeye Gordon
                                                      Popeye Gordon  4 days back

                                                      +Red Crusader There is nothing to learn - just type the question and hit enter. See thousand of results instantly.

                                                    • Red Crusader
                                                      Red Crusader  4 days back

                                                      +Popeye Gordon I'm too busy trying to retake the holy land to learn how to use google

                                                    • Popeye Gordon
                                                      Popeye Gordon  4 days back

                                                      +Red Crusader No problem. But remember, any question you can think of in your mind can be typed into a search page.

                                                    • Red Crusader
                                                      Red Crusader  4 days back

                                                      +Popeye Gordon Thank you for enlightening me.

                                                  • Anglomachian
                                                    Anglomachian  5 days back

                                                    Oh dear lord... do I dare look at the comment section?

                                                    Huh. It's actually not bad for the most part. Tentative hope...

                                                    • Bailey
                                                      Bailey  5 days back

                                                      Honestly, GMO = Bad is one of the most widely accepted conspiracies in our world today, which is a mighty shame. Too many people jump on the train to ban the crops without realizing the actual issue.

                                                      • Bailey
                                                        Bailey  3 days back

                                                        +pidromonz >Bad stuff bad taste my stuff is good stuff
                                                        Nice science there, mate.

                                                      • Popeye Gordon
                                                        Popeye Gordon  3 days back

                                                        +pidromonz "bad stuff and no taste" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! You are pissing in the wind. No proof? Never happened. Each legitimate honest forthright comparison between the flavor of GMO vs. organic produce has to be done double blind, with each crop picked at 100% peak ripeness and all tasted at the exact same length of time after picking, transported at equal temperature and humidity, in equivalent growing seasons with equivalent weather and water stress, not picked green. You are an idiot with no skills for debate.

                                                    • Reese Anastasi
                                                      Reese Anastasi  5 days back

                                                      The example of chocolate killing dogs, and coffee killing insects is amazing, anyone know a few more of these kind of foods?

                                                      • pidromonz
                                                        pidromonz  3 days back

                                                        +Reese Anastasi The things is we don't need pesticides, they were invented for greedy corporations to make 100% sales from crops instead of maximum 70-80% from organic ones. As they grow over large amounts of land and do not want to hire enough people to tend for the plants.
                                                        As every crop is sprayed with pesticide a bit of poison from each builds in the body, don't be fooled by ' if it's just a drop it's fine' In reality it's never fine.

                                                      • Reese Anastasi
                                                        Reese Anastasi  4 days back

                                                        +Popeye Gordon It's for a persuasive school assignment, the analogy describing the BT crops "pesticide" being a matter of perspective is perfect for persuasion. Thanks for the example tho, really appreciate it :)

                                                      • Popeye Gordon
                                                        Popeye Gordon  4 days back

                                                        Focusing on death is not realistic. But consider hot peppers which have a natural pesticide. They are coveted by many cultures for the heat and also can be used to make tear gas. As always, the dose makes the poison.