Growing evidence on the harmful effects of GMOs

Reports have surfaced all over the web recently regarding an important new report from genetic engineers with further explanation as to why genetically modified food is not good for people or our environment. Food Facts wanted to make are community aware of the report, highlight some of its important content and provide you with a link so you can learn firsthand what they are saying.

Appropriately titled, “GMO Myths and Truths” was released last month. This a such an important paper because it is offering actual authoritative evidence that GMOs are not the innocent victim of a bad reputation. Genetic engineers collaborated on the report giving it substantial credibility.

Who they are
Dr Michael Antoniou of King’s College London School of Medicine in the U.K. and Dr John Fagan, a former genetic engineer have compiled this compelling information.

In 1994, Dr. Fagan returned substantial grant monies to the National Institutes of Health, due to concerns about the safety and ethics of GMO technology. He went on to found a GMO testing company.

According to Dr. Fagan, “Crop genetic engineering as practiced today is a crude, imprecise, and outmoded technology. It can create unexpected toxins or allergens in foods and affect their nutritional value. Recent advances point to better ways of using our knowledge of genomics to improve food crops, that do not involve GM.”

Dr. Antoniou is quoted as saying, “GM crops are promoted on the basis of ambitious claims – that they are safe to eat, environmentally beneficial, increase yields, reduce reliance on pesticides, and can help solve world hunger … I felt what was needed was a collation of the evidence that addresses the technology from a scientific point of view.”

Unsafe effects in laboratory animals and the environment
“Research studies show that genetically modified crops have harmful effects on laboratory animals in feeding trials and on the environment during cultivation”

Superweeds, anyone?
“Over 75% of all GM crops are engineered to tolerate being sprayed with herbicide. This has led to the spread of herbicide-resistant superweeds and has resulted in massively increased exposure of farmers and communities to these toxic chemicals. Epidemiological studies suggest a link between herbicide use and birth defects and cancer.”

“These findings fundamentally challenge the utility and safety of GM crops, but the biotech industry uses its influence to block research by independent scientists and uses its powerful PR machine to discredit independent scientists whose findings challenge this approach.”

Read more of what they’ve had to say here, as well as comments from the third author involved in the report, Claire Robinson, research director for Earth Open Source. The entire report can be viewed here.

Food Facts will continue to keep our community up to date with all the information being made available on this important topic.

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