Our decisions about genetically modified (GMO) crops here in the United States and in Europe have consequences for other countries struggling with food insecurity, according to panelists at the recent World Food Prize event in Des Moines.

"We have an obligation to understand the implications that the policies we make have on others," said Anne Glover, chief scientific officer to the president of the European Commission. "They may well be unintended consequences, but nonetheless, they are consequences."

The European Union continues to strictly regulate and limit the planting and importation of GMO crops even though decades of research have proven that GMOs are safe for consumers, Glover said.

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