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High School Senior Wins GMO Innovation Contest

December 4, 2017
This September, GMO Answers launched the GMO Innovation Contest, an online video contest that challenged consumers to submit a 15- to 30-second video answering the question, “If you could use biotechnology to solve any food problem around the world, what would it be and why?” The contest kicked off GMO Answers’ annual Get to Know GMOs Month and encouraged anyone to “Get to Know GMOs” by showcasing real-world problems facing our food supply and food production system that could be solved using GMOs and biotechnology.

Following a host of submissions, GMO Answers awarded Porter Christensen the first place prize for his entry demonstrating how genetically modified, nutritionally-enriched white corn may help solve widespread vitamin A deficiency in East Africa. GMO Answers spoke with Christensen about his submission and what inspired his innovative biotech solution for this global food challenge. We interviewed Porter for a blog post on our blog page.

GMO Answers awarded the EAST George Junior High class, led by teacher Robert Beard, second place for their submission. The class submitted a video (watch video entry here) that demonstrated how biotechnology can help solve world hunger, citing that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 1 in 7 people in the world suffer from chronic hunger.

Robert Beard shared that the students in EAST work together in teams to use STEM to solve problems and improve their school and community. They enjoyed working on the video contest and it helped them to improve their video production and computer animation skills as well as learning more about GMOs in the process.

GMO Answers awarded the Adams Central Agriculture Science class, composed of 11th and 12th graders and led by teacher Brandon Jacobitz, third place for their fascinating entry. The class submitted a video (watch video entry here) that demonstrated how biotechnology can help promote water conservation, as water continues to become a limited resource.

Watch all the submitted videos at the GMO Answers YouTube page.