QWhy over the last 20 years have American people become so sick? The rise with cancer, autism, diabetes, autoimmune has sky rocketed.

Why over the last 20 years have American people become so sick? The rise with cancer, autism, diabetes, autoimmune has sky rocketed.

AExpert Answer

This is a very broad question with no simple answer as causes of many diseases are multi-factorial.  As this question is posted on the GMOAnswers.com  website, we assume you are asking about a causal relationship between disease and GM crops. 

 

Available evidence indicates that GM crops are no different from non-GM crops of the same species with regard to safety for the traits currently approved and on the market. More specific information on the potential impact of GMO crops on human health is provided in responses to other questions on this website:

 


An active lifestyle and a healthy, well-balanced diet are key components in decreasing your risk of developing cancer, diabetes and other diseases.  More information on the diseases in your question can be found at
www.cancer.gov, www.diabetes.org, www.autism-society.org and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autoimmunediseases.html.

 

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