No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet.
Agricultural biotechnology for the development of GMOs is probably the most intensively studied agricultural innovation of all time. Researchers of agricultural biotechnology are developing more convenient, healthier choices in grocery stores and tastier foods for the family dinner table. By creating ways to boost the nutritional value of foods using agricultural biotechnology, scientists ensure that foods with GM ingredients and crops are as safe as their non-GM counterparts.
Researchers look at the levels of macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as fats, sugars and proteins. Every inserted gene is compared with over 500 known allergens to look for similarities. There has never been a GM food product marketed that contained a protein similar to a known allergen. In my opinion, this probably makes GM foods safer than all other new varieties of food crops that are not analyzed for potential allergens. Further, scientists are working to develop GM crops that may actually be more nutritious and healthier than conventional and organic crops, as well as working to develop allergy-free peanuts and soybeans, which will benefit up to seven million Americans who suffer from food allergies.
My support of the safety of GMOs is reinforced by the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world and their peer-reviewed studies, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and American Medical Association. To find out more, check out https://geneticliteracyproject.org.
And, as a stone-fruit farmer, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that we could probably all be better off if we ate more fruits and vegetables!