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Myth: Genetically Modified Foods are safe to eat

TRUTH: In an effort to make this easy to read, I’m bulleting the major points because the research studies conducted so far paint a clear picture:

  • Laboratory and livestock animal studies have found harmful effects from GMO seed.
  • The most hyped GM nutritionally enhanced food (Golden Rice) hasn’t been proven safe or effective.  Meanwhile, a serving of sweet potato provides about 440% of your daily Vitamin A needs though, I’ll admit that it doesn’t have quite the same shelf life).
  • There are no GM nutritionally enhanced foods on the market (so, they’re no healthier than their natural counterparts).
  • Conventional plant breeding has yielded nutritionally enhanced, safe foods.
  • Some argue that the European Union has not found negative correlations with GM foods and health – but they’re blatantly wrong.  Studies by Poulsen, Schroder, and 3 SAFOTEST studies prove them wrong.
  • The studies that claim GM crops are safe are more likely to have been funded by the industry and therefore biased.
  • GM foods have not been proven safe for human consumption because there are very few studies and those studies show problems.
  • Two outbreaks of illness have been linked to GM foods (L-tryptophan and StarLink Maize).

I could go on (for quite a while) but I won’t.  The point is that as of now, there is clear evidence that GM foods can be harmful but very little evidence that proves they can be beneficial.

BOTTOM LINE: Some studies show that GM foods can be toxic or allergenic.  But, if you’re purchasing corn, per se, you don’t expect it to contain allergens or toxins.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  1. Earth Open Source’s report on GMO Foods
  2. Op Ed News: Unsafe to Eat: A New Report Highlights the Dangers of GM Foods

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