A series of letters has been published in Nature Biotechnology on the topic of the US National Academies report Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. From Dec 2016, US National Academies report misses the mark. In the April 2017 issue, authors of the report and others reply to the Dec letter: Elevating the conversation about GE crops and National Academies report has broad support. The authors of the original letter reply to both: Response to Gould et al. and Vincelli et al. This exchange should be interesting to anyone curious about policy, biotechnology, or GE crops, and can be used as learning opportunity for students. Nature Biotechnol.