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For centuries, farmers and governments have hailed genetic modifications of our food as advances that helped combat drought and disease and improve nutritional value or flavor. But in recent years, as a global movement has challenged the safety for people and for the environment of modifying the DNA of what we eat, some companies have agreed to start labeling such foods, while activists seek to ban the growth or trade of genetically modified crops. How should we weigh the risks of GMOs against other concerns they are meant to address, like preventing famine or adapting crops to changing climates? Given the myriad ways our food has already been modified, is keeping GMOs out of food even possible? UCLA plant molecular biologist and director of The Seed Institute Bob Goldberg, former Los Angeles Times food columnist Russ Parsons, and UCLA Emmett Institute co-director Edward Parson visit Zócalo to examine the way we grow, buy, eat, and think about food.
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