Oregon State's Stance

Asked February 19, 2013, 2:40 PM EST

Hi, I'm curious to know what Oregon State's official stance is on the safety and acceptability of genetically modified produce and cereal crops.

Jackson County Oregon

1 Response

Hi There,

I conducted a thorough search of the Oregon State website:

  • by searching the OSU website, itself (http://search.oregonstate.edu), using a combination of the words 'genetically modified', 'stance', 'position'
  • by using Google to search for that same combination of words, and
  • by restricting the Google search to .edu domains, for that same combination of words,
but I could not find anything that looks to be, or that approximates, an offical OSU stance on the safety and acceptability of genetically modified produce and cereal crops.

What the search did turn up was a range of public lectures and events ~ some of which focus more on the potential benefits of the development and use of genetically modified organisms, and some of which took a more critical view of the biotechnology (see http://oregonstate.edu/orb/food-for-thought for some examples).

In addition, the research conducted at OSU spans the spectrum from those looking to develop new GM crops; and those who investigate the potential agricultural benefits to those who investigate the potential ecological concerns surrounding the use of GM crops. Often, the same investigator may work on different projects that span this spectrum.

Thus, it appears as if the University has no official stance, but is involved in research aimed at better understanding biotechnologies, such as GM crops ~ so that society has access to the data that can best address the potential benefits or concerns surrounding GM crops.

I hope this helps to answer your question.