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Are GMOs harmful to humans?

Are GMOs harmful to human ? Is it just another commercially driven argument, like the red meat causes cancer one?

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Tuesday, 12/02/2019 20:23

No, GMOs are not harmful to humans. In fact, as explained in this previous response, “the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the American Medical Association have ruled that GMOs are safe.”

In the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a comprehensive report where a panel of more than 20 scientists, researchers, agricultural and industry experts reviewed over 20 years of data since GMOs were introduced, including nearly 900 studies and tests and European and North American health data. They concluded – as other previous research concluded – that genetically modified crops are safe to eat, have the same nutrition and composition as non-genetically modified crops and have no links to new allergies, cancer, celiac or other diseases.

Extensive and continued studies on GMOs are being conducted to ensure their ongoing safety. In addition to the NAS analysis, there are thousands of studies available confirming the safety of GMOs, as well as hundreds of independent studies.”

Additionally, in another response, GMO Answers expert Andrew Bartholomaeus, B.Pharm, PhD, Cert Ag (III) responded:

“… as an editor of a major toxicology journal and a previous general manager of the risk assessment Branch of a major food authority I can say categorically that I have not seen a single credible study from any source that demonstrates evidence of adverse effects of GMOs (different to that of the unmodified plant) on any species. Indeed, I have not seen a single credible hypothesis as to why genetic modification by GM techniques would introduce greater risk than conventional methods which include the use of high dose radiation to induce random mutations. (With many of the varieties produced by radiation mutation used in "organic" agriculture).”

We hope this answers your question, if you have any other questions about GMOs or biotechnology, please ask here!