Cornell experts applaud House passing GMO labeling bill which President is expected to sign

David Just and Harry Kaiser are both professors in Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, part of the College of Business. Just is a professor of behavioral economics who has testified on Capitol Hill about agricultural biotechnology and engaged with the media on the need to avoid injecting unnecessary alarm into GMO […]

Experts to Congress on GMO labeling: First do no harm

David Just is a professor of behavioral economics at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management who has testified on Capitol Hill about agricultural biotechnology and engaged with the media on the need to about injecting unnecessary alarm into GMO labeling efforts. Just will also help instruct a MOOC this fall on “Science and […]

Transparency key in decision to label modified ingredients

ITHACA, N.Y. – Take a look at any food label and there’s a good chance all design elements, from the color palette to the smallest detail, were meticulously chosen. Now, amid public debate about whether food companies should list genetically modified (GM) ingredients on their labels, that same deliberative process may be crucial to the […]

GMO-free labeling gives Chipotle a health halo, even if not justified

Jonathon Schuldt, a professor of communication at Cornell University focusing on health communication, says Chipotle’s decision to label its menu GMO free creates a health halo that leads consumers to see Chipotle in a “feel good” way that might not be based on facts.   Schuldt says:   “Putting aside the matter of whether Chipotle’s […]

Famine fear won’t sway minds on GM crops

ITHACA, N.Y. – A sack-hauling time traveler from the 21st century lands in an Irish potato field in 1849, just before a terrible famine, and asks: If you thought genetically modified potatoes could avert late blight disease, spare a million countrymen from starvation and keep another million from emigrating off the Emerald Isle, would you […]

In the bowl, GMO-free Cheerios identical to current crop

Margaret Smith is a professor of plant breeding and genetics who leads a Cornell University program to help farmers and the public understand plant breeding and genetic engineering. She says the recent move by General Mills to eliminate genetically modified organisms from its Cheerios cereal might please GMO-shy consumers, but it won’t alter the iconic […]

GMO labels: Echoes of debate beyond Washington State

Margaret Smith is a professor of plant breeding and genetics focusing on developing genetic materials to improve corn productivity. She leads an extension program to help farmers and the general public better understand plant breeding and genetic engineering. Following the rejection of GMO labeling bill in Washington State, Smith comments on the results, the ongoing […]

Genetically modified foods: Misconceptions and concerns to be discussed during journalists-only lunch

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA ADVISORY Genetically modified foods: Misconceptions and concerns to be discussed during journalists-only lunch  WHAT: Cornell dean Kathryn Boor and professor Margaret Smith to discuss GMOs WHEN: Friday, June 21, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (lunch served beginning at noon) WHERE: Cornell’s ILR Conference Center, 16 E. 34th St., 6th floor, Midtown Manhattan […]