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Are genetically modified foods safe

A:Expert Answer

If you were to look for a common theme among most of the questions and responses on GMO Answers, your question would be it! GMOs have been in our food supply for almost 20 years, and GM ingredients are found in 70 to 80 percent of the foods on your grocery store shelves. If GMOs were not safe, we would have a big problem. Fortunately, science shows us that there is no evidence of harm from GMOs.
 
GM crops are repeatedly and extensively tested for consumer and environmental safety, and those tests are reviewed in the U.S. by the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration, and similar organizations internationally. Tests are conducted by both industry experts and independent organizations. This link lists 1,785 GMO safety studies, including long-term studies, many of which you can download, and this link will take you to a list of 610 more.
 
In fact, every major scientific body and regulatory agency in the world has reviewed the research about GMOs and openly declared crop biotechnology and the foods currently available for sale to be safe.
 
Several experts have weighed in on the safety of GMOs, especially regarding safety for human consumption. Greg Conko, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discussed GMO safety in a March 2014 article in the Washington Examiner. Here is an excerpt:
 

“The primary thing that makes genetic engineering unique is the power and precision it gives us to make those changes and then test for safety afterward. It has also given us food that is both safer for our families and better for the environment. Plants with a built-in resistance to chewing insects, for example, have allowed farmers to use millions of gallons less pesticide every year.
 
“Dozens of the world’s most prestigious scientific bodies, including the National Academies of Science, the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization, have studied genetic engineering for more than 30 years and concluded that such foods are at least as safe as, and often safer than, conventionally bred ones.
 
“In 30 years of testing and commercial use in more than two dozen countries, genetically modified foods have caused not a single sniffle, sneeze or bellyache.”

 

Karri Hammerstrom, California mom and stone-fruit farmer, points out the safety track record of GMOs in another response:

 

“There is no evidence that genetically engineered foods currently on the market pose any human health concern or that they are any less safe than those foods produced through traditional breeding. ‘To date, no adverse health effects attributed to genetic engineering have been documented in the human population’ (US National Academy of Sciences, ‘Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects,’ 2004).”

 

If you have any additional questions, please ask.
 
 

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WheatLover's picture

This question has been asked many times already. If you do a little searching you can find multiple responses.

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Health ramifications of GM foods are not based on the foods themselves, to which there is very little evidence that suggests any harm from GM foods, directly. There is however a plethora of information surrounding the dangers of glyphosate and most recently 2,4-D (50% of what makes Agent Orange) including links to cancer and other ailments. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/15/glyphosate... Due to the paradox these chemical developers placed upon themselves by creating more potent poisons and heavier applications that will inevitably be greeted by stronger creatures building resistances to them, these poisons are making their way into human supply and even bodies. http://naturalsociety.com/3-studies-proving-toxic-glyphosate-found-urine... Bt crops, which are named for bacillus thuringiensis (the bacteria from which the signature insecticidal gene and in turn Bt-toxin is extracted) are an attempt to backpeddle on pesticide use to which it certainly has success, Bt cotton can be grown entirely without the use of pesticides. The catch, the pesticide does not need to be applied because it's already developed within the plant itself, and many suspect adverse outcomes. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024320599001368 as well as Environmental Health Perspectives 107) And it seems to be stick around in our systems too. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21338670 Another thing to note is that during our time with GE foods, our health has not been good or okay even. More often than not our general health is in decline. To say GM food is safe is true-ish, but skates around the real dangers of pesticides and internal Bt-toxins that "probably" break down in our stomachs.

AryuvedicMedicinalSon's picture

I completely disagree with what this "expert" is saying. I have direct learning from a school of natural medicine, in which has been practiced for thousands of years, and GMOs,RoundUp(pesticide),etc. are highly frowned upon because of how badly they can affect the body over time. If I do remember correctly, an article explained how, over time, GMOs can cause AD or ADHD. This also reminds my of one of my absolute favorite shirts; The shirt says, "GMO OMG WTF ARE WE EATING?!"

AryuvedicMedicinalSon's picture

I completely disagree with what this "expert" is saying. I have direct learning from a school of natural medicine, in which has been practiced for thousands of years, and GMOs,RoundUp(pesticide),etc. are highly frowned upon because of how badly they can affect the body over time. If I do remember correctly, an article explained how, over time, GMOs can cause AD or ADHD. This also reminds my of one of my absolute favorite shirts; The shirt says, "GMO OMG WTF ARE WE EATING?!"

AryuvedicMedicinalSon's picture

I completely disagree with what this "expert" is saying. I have direct learning from a school of natural medicine, in which has been practiced for thousands of years, and GMOs,RoundUp(pesticide),etc. are highly frowned upon because of how badly they can affect the body over time. If I do remember correctly, an article explained how, over time, GMOs can cause AD or ADHD. This also reminds my of one of my absolute favorite shirts; The shirt says, "GMO OMG WTF ARE WE EATING?!"

AryuvedicMedicinalSon's picture

I completely disagree with what this "expert" is saying. I have direct learning from a school of natural medicine, in which has been practiced for thousands of years, and GMOs,RoundUp(pesticide),etc. are highly frowned upon because of how badly they can affect the body over time. If I do remember correctly, an article explained how, over time, GMOs can cause AD or ADHD. This also reminds my of one of my absolute favorite shirts; The shirt says, "GMO OMG WTF ARE WE EATING?!"

AryuvedicMedicinalSon's picture

I completely disagree with what this "expert" is saying. I have direct learning from a school of natural medicine, in which has been practiced for thousands of years, and GMOs,RoundUp(pesticide),etc. are highly frowned upon because of how badly they can affect the body over time. If I do remember correctly, an article explained how, over time, GMOs can cause AD or ADHD. This also reminds my of one of my absolute favorite shirts; The shirt says, "GMO OMG WTF ARE WE EATING?!"