Do GMOs Cause Allergies?
GMOs do not cause allergies and are not associated with any increase in allergies.
Lisa Katic, a Registered Dietitian and President of K Consulting, explains that, “No commercially available crops contain allergens that have been created by genetically engineering a seed/plant. And the rigorous testing process ensures that will never happen.”
She also notes, “food allergies are mainly caused by eight major foods (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish) and account for about 90 percent of reported food allergies in the United States. First, it is important to note that only one of these eight major allergens listed above is a potential product of biotechnology, and that is soy. Of the remaining seven allergens listed, none is commercially available in genetically modified varieties.”
Before a GMO is created, the desired trait is screened against all known human allergens to confirm it does not introduce a new allergen.
Researchers look at over 1,950 genes to ensure quality and safety.
Food from GMO crops are as safe as foods from conventional, non-GMO, crops.
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