Jan 18, 2020
GMO is short for genetically modified organism and describes plants that have certain traits genetically modified. These changes could be to increase resistance to herbicides or added nutritional value. The majority of scientific literature says GMO’s are not harmful to human health. But GMO’s continue to be controversial among consumers, particularly in developed countries. Despite the controversy, some food producers and researchers are pushing for a better understanding of GMO’s, including farmer and dietitian Jennie Schmidt, who grows genetically altered crops on her Maryland farm. “I think for the consumer to overcome the mistrust that’s been started in in genetically modified foods is to have a significant tangible direct benefit to them,” Schmidt says. Full Frame goes from the crop fields to the research labs to better understand the promise and challenges of developing new crops to feed the population.