Q and A’s About The Safety Issues Regarding GMO’S

1. Are they safe?

At the moment this is a big question without a conclusive answer. When genes are altered by implanting foreign genes, and new or unknown proteins are created or the quality of existing proteins is altered, the outcome of consuming these new forms of protein is still unknown. No one really knows yet what the effects of consuming GM foods are as they have not yet been studied in humans. But there seems to be enough evidence to show that they do create nutritional problems, all sorts of new diseases, and antibiotic resistant diseases because they are potential toxins, allergens and carcinogens. My feeling is they need to be proven safe before I recommend them rather than wait for them to be proven harmful.

Click here for an extensive list of the health effects of GMO’s. 

2. Hasn’t research shown GM foods to be safe?

There is no independent research on whether or not GMO’s are safe – seed companies have forbidden this. The only study done with humans revealed that GMO’s survived inside the stomach of people eating GMO food. No follow-up studies have been done. In animals, however, feeding studies have shown the potential for pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers and testicles, changes in liver density, strange shaped nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates. So one can only wonder about its safety for human consumption.

3. Haven’t people been eating GMO foods for a while now without ill effects?

Despite the biotech’s industry’s claims that there have been no ill effects, this is deceptive. No one monitors the effects of GM foods on human health so it may take years before its discovered as the cause of health problems in the US.

4. Hasn’t the FDA said GMO foods are safe?

Yes, but on what basis? They have approved GMO’s based on the concept of “substantial evidence” which means “if a new food is found to be substantially equivalent in composition and nutritional characteristics to an existing food, it can be regarded as safe as the conventional food.” This decision is not made by the FDA but by the biotech company manufacturing GMO’s. It’s a policy based on politics not science. Since the FDA does not require safety studies, the biotech industry’s claims that the FDA has given their safety stamp of approval. But this is simply not true! The FDA accepts the safety claims made by the makers of the GM foods and does not question them further.

To make things worse, the information provided to the FDA by these companies and industry research is often changed or distorted. Even when agency scientists tried to warn that there may be health issues related to GM foods and that long-term studies would be important, nothing was done to protect consumers. In fact, in some cases, whistle blowers have been harassed, demoted or even lost their jobs.

Political collusion and industry manipulation, not science is the primary motivator. The FDA official in charge dismissed all the claims and warnings by the staff FDA scientists. That official was a political appointee to a new FDA post specifically on GM policy who has subsequently left the agency and is now vice president of Monsanto…..mmmmm

Adapted from www.responsibletechnology.org.

  • Flippa

    Very sad indeed. I wish the American government would care more about it’s people. It doesn’t surprise me that these companies get away with it because these big corporations are too powerful. Even when the people tried to get GMO labeled it was a waste of time. “Numerous large food and seed corporations sunk over $46 million into the fight to defeat Proposition 37.”

  • Elijah William Eby

    There is no independent research on whether GMOs are safe?


  • Joshua Farrell
  • HealthMaven

    These so-called “studies” are all suspect. Take any one as an example. Here’s one: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/biot.201000016/pdf. It’s not even a study. It’s an op-ed piece by a gentleman who is a biotech professor. Not exactly an unbiased researcher. Also notice that most studies require you to pay to access them. Where is the proof that a biotech plant produces more food than a traditionally bred plant? And LESS insecticide? It’s inside the plant; how is that LESS? And need I mention about the weedkillers? Since 2011, 2.9 billion pounds of glyphosate has been sprayed worldwide each year and now they’re adding even more toxic 2,4-D and dicamba. How is that LESS chemicals? They’re chemical companies… that’s how they make so much money that they can pay trolls to “debunk” and “debunk” all the day long. I don’t get paid to look at 1,783 studies and tell you how many of them actually disprove that ge foods are safe.

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