That is false, because a growing global consensus of leading experts in science, medical and regulatory agencies around the world have confirmed that there is no evidence of harm from consuming foods produced using biotechnology anywhere in the world. Any potential risks of consuming these foods are no greater than the safety of consuming conventional foods. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration and USDA review the science of all foods in commerce and have the authority to remove any food from the market it deems unsafe. Numerous reviews in the United States and by regulators around the world have confirmed the safety of foods produced using biotechnology (additional information available here and here).
QIsn't it true that the health consequences of eating genetically modified organisms are still largely unknown?
Question submitted By: SD MichaelIsn't it true that the health consequences of eating genetically modified organisms are still largely unknown?
Posted on June 22, 2017
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on August 28, 2017
This site is dedicated to presenting the facts and research behind GMOs, agriculture and biotechnology. We work with appropriate experts, scientists and academia to get answers and information to any and all questions submitted to the website. GMO Answers was created to do a better job answering your questions — no matter what they are — about GMOs. The biotech industry stands 100 percent behind the health and safety of the GM crops on the market today, but we... Read More
When creating a GMO and adding a gene from another species does the new addition change the genome of the organism by activating or creating new genes?
Posted on March 2, 2017
Response from: Kevin C. Glenn, Ph.D., Allergenicity/Pipeline Issues Mgmt Lead, Monsanto Company • on August 22, 2017
The term “GMO” typically refers to crops or animals that, through genetic engineering, have had a gene (or a few genes) from a different species inserted into their genome. So yes, by design, to improve a crop or animal with genetic engineering, the genome of the new, GE variety has been changed by the addition of new genes(s). Your question also asks about whether inserting the new gene(s) will “…activate genes…” Some traits in... Read More
Posted on August 15, 2017
Response from: Karri Hammerstrom, Agricultural Advocate; Grower of Food, Fiber & Kids; Consumer • on August 17, 2017
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... Read More