In an op-ed article in UConn Today, University of Connecticut Program
Specialist Stacey Stearns writes about the benefits of GMOs, citing that
while most people associate GMOs with food products, they actually began in
the medical field with insulin, an important part of diabetes treatment.
Stearns writes that despite documented benefits of GMOs, 80% of respondents
to the 2018 Food and Health Survey Report from the International Food
Information Council Foundation are confused about food, or doubt their
choices because of conflicting information. The report found that the
context of GMOs influenced consumer judgment. Also in 2018, the Pew Research
Center found that 49% of Americans think genetically modified are worse for
one's health. These studies reveal that many people fear or are suspicious
of GMOs, but there is a history of important effects that most people would
applaud, and insulin is one such case.
Recognizing the fact that consumer acceptance and decision on GMOs must be
based on facts, the University of Connecticut established a website, Science
of GMOs, to provide science-based information to help the public make their
own decisions about GMOs. The website's content is generated from faculty
and staff in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources who
believe it can be difficult to find science-based information that is
understandable. Science of GMOs is intended to help bridge the information
gap, and provide real answers to questions concerning people today.