Storify: GE Crops Study Meeting on Food Safety

This Storify brings together the tweets from a public committee meeting on issues related to the safety of GE foods, including the risks of allergy and potential effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The meeting was held on March 5, 2015, in Washington DC and webcast.


  1. Organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, this meeting brought together speakers representing the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the European Food Safety Authority to provide input to the #GECropStudy committee.
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  3. With snow falling in Washington, some meeting participants braved the weather and others made use of the live meeting webcast:
  4. Fred Gould, #GECropStudy Committee Chair and University Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University, launched the meeting with an overview of the study. This short video outlines the study objectives.
  5. A Study on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects
  6. The first panel of the day was on regulatory perspectives of food safety.
  7. Speakers included Jason Dietz, Office of Food Additive Safety, Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, who spoke about FDA's review process.
  8. Next William Jordan and John Kough, both from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Office of Pesticide Programs, spoke about their evaluation of the environmental effects of pesticide use.
  9. Anna Lanzoni, European Food Safety Authority, GMO Unit, also presented.
  10. Following the presentations, the committee had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions.
  11. Next, a panel on Potential Health Outcomes. The first speaker was Richard Goodman, Professor of Food Allergy Research at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, who talked about evaluating GE foods for risks of allergy.
  12. Next, Alessio Fasano, Vice Chair of Basic, Clinical and Translational Research and Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children discussed the potential for GE foods to affect the gastrointestinal tract: