In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread on Tuesday, Bill Gates called genetically modified organisms “perfectly healthy.”
Gates also said he saw the breeding technique as an important tool in the fight to end world hunger and malnutrition.
Though it may seem controversial, Gates’ stance is in line with that of most scientists who study GMOs.
Bill Gates has a message for those advocating against genetically modified organisms: I’m disappointed.
In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread on Tuesday, Gates said that not only does he view genetically modified foods as “perfectly healthy,” but that he sees them as a promising tool in a wider array of resources in the fight to reduce world hunger.
“GMO foods are perfectly healthy and the technique has the possibility to reduce starvation and malnutrition when it is reviewed in the right way,” Gates wrote. “I don’t stay away from non-GMO foods but it is disappointing that people view it as better.”
Gates’ view may strike some as controversial, as many people think that genetically modified foods are dangerous.
Several experts say the “GMO” label does a disservice to the products made with genetically modified ingredients. The process of genetic modification is a breeding method, much like other recent advances in agriculture.
“What are we labeling here, DNA?” Alison Van Eenennaam, a professor of animal genomics at the University of California at Davis, recently told Business Insider. “There’s DNA in everything, so good luck with that.”