Is Non-GMO Always Healthy?


By Gloria Nzeka

The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources launched a series of science-based community conversations around food, called “Our Table”.

The aim is to help consumers make informed choices as far food and nutrition is concerned.   The first discussion focused on the science behind GMOs, and how food labeled as “non-GMO” are not always indicators of healthy food.

On the panel were:

  • Alison Bernstein, assistant professor, MSU College of Human Medicine, and founder, Science Moms
  • Jennifer Carter-Johnson, associate professor, MSU College of Law
  • Paul Thompson, MSU W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics
  • Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, MSU Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, and MSU Department of Food Science

Listen to the discussion here


Gaining Control from Diet Plans

On the final episode for our series, ‘What does healthy eating look like?’, Michigan State University Nutritionist Anne Buffington shares how people can gain control from falling for diet traps by corporations, and ways to tune out the negative messages in social media.

Diets are Better Predictors of Weight Gain

For the second part of the series, ‘What does Healthy Eating Look Like?’, reporter Naina Rao explores the relationship between body weight and our health.

She talks to Anne Buffington, the nutrition program coordinator at Michigan State University, on whether weight gain is a good predictor of our health and how the messages and ideas of a healthy lifestyle, have de-regulated the way we control our food consumption.

If you have not listened to the first episode of the series, you can find it here.

What does Healthy Eating Look Like?

There are lots of ideas out there telling you what to eat and what not to eat. Social media has helped distribute messages about food, nutrition, and weight in a much larger platform. Should I eat gluten? Should I ban bread? Are carbs good for me, or do they make me look ‘fat’?

The answers to these questions are usually ‘junk science’ according to Anne Buffington. She’s the nutrition program coordinator at MSU and is a registered dietitian. And she believes that our bodies know what’s best for us, not twitter or Pinterest.

Reporter Naina Rao talks to Buffington on what healthy eating looks like when messages like these are ignored.