NORFOLK – It’s one of the touchier subjects in the ag industry today…GMO’s.
That’s why the Ag-Ceptional Women’s Conference started a day early, to bring in an expert on genetically modified organisms to clear up misperceptions.
Matt Dolch of Syngenta presented a speech entitled “The Truth About GMO’s” on Thursday. His speech outlined the history of genetic modifications in ag from the early 90’s to today.
Dolch says one of the biggest misnomers about GMO food is that it is unsafe.
“GMO’s available today are as safe as their non-GMO counterparts,” Dolch said. “They don’t cause new allergens, cancer, infertility, ADHD, autism or other diseases and conditions.”
Dolch cited statistics from a number of studies, and used the example of golden rice. A GMO developed in 2005 that has been used to fight Vitamin A deficiencies in developing countries.
The Ag-Ceptional Women’s Conference will run all-day on Friday.