I am a skeptic and as with most things such as global climate change and religion, I say show me the evidence. There is much evidence that climate change is real and man made and absolutely no evidence there is an alpha male in the sky that controls every thing. So, with GMOs I have been skeptical as well, especially with much of the dialog being fear driven.
One problem I have with the anti-GMO movement, is that it uses the acronym GMO as a pejorative, and all GMOs are lumped into the same argument as though all are bad for you and the environment. Are there no benign GMOs (rhetorical, yes there are)? For example, if a crop is developed to resist pests and disease so that no pesticide or herbicides are used, would that not be a good thing? There are such GMOs. I would consider any GMOs extremely desirable if they allow the use of less, or no pesticides or herbicide. All GMOs should not be painted with the same broad brush.
There are two areas of concern when evaluating GMOs; health risks and environmental.
When it comes to health risks the labeling movement seems to be driven out of fear and lack of knowledge or facts. Fear of something new, and lack of scientific facts. As an individual I do not have the labs or the funding for studies, so I rely on legitimate organizations such as the AMA and the National Academy of Sciences to give me answers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states: "GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health." Also, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, the American Medical Association and the scientific academies of Britain, France and Germany reviewed the evidence and concur that existing GE foods are as safe and nutritious as conventional varieties.
Regarding the environmental concerns, "the National Academy of Sciences in 2010 came down on the positive side. “Generally, GE crops have had fewer adverse effects on the environment than non-GE crops produced conventionally,”