Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have quite a long story now. It was 1996 when the first GMO was placed on the market, which gives us an appropriate period of time to start drawing up a balance of their cultivation.
GMOs represent quite a complicated issue, since the questions they raise span over different fields.
A lot of attention has often been posed on the implications of GMOs consumption on human and animal health. Are they safe? Might they have any unforeseen negative effect? In addition to this, also the consequences that GMOs cultivation has on the environment can't be left behind. When we talk about GMOs, we can't avoid to consider the role they played in the destruction of biodiversity through substitution of local varieties, in the annulment of food sovereignty, and in the threat of contamination to non-GM cultures.
And besides all these issue, are they really necessary? Are they really able to some advantages?
Since the very beginning Slow Food has refused GMOs and many activities and campaigns have been launched to sustain this position.
This forum is intended to allow anybody who wishes so to contribute with information, ideas or stories that can help us collectively tackle the issue and promote sustainable practices.