Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been in the headlines for several decades, most often as a controversial topic. On one hand, they have been presented as the ultimate solution to famine in developing countries, as well as the means to improve agriculture and to diminish the use of pesticides and herbicides. On the other hand, they have been presented as unnatural, resulting from humans' attempt to intervene in nature – with descriptions of the resulting products as “Frankenstein” foods – and, therefore, as the potential cause of several health and environmental problems. To the uninformed reader, it often seems as if the science behind GMOs is settled, and that only environmental activists argue against...

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