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Islander
05-21-11, 09:43 PM
BY TOM PHILPOTT
16 MAY 2011

Are genetically modified foods safe to eat?

The conventional answer is "yes," and it's not hard to see why. Since their introduction in 1996, genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy seeds quickly conquered U.S. farm fields. Today, upwards of 70 percent of corn and 90 percent of soy are genetically modified, and these two crops form the basis of the conventional U.S. diet. Nor are they GM technology's only pathway onto our plates. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. cotton is now genetically engineered, and cottonseed oil has emerged as a staple fat for the food industry. (USDA has figures on this.) Canola oil -- another crop that has largely succumbed to genetic modification -- is yet another common ingredient.

Given their swift path to ubiquity, wouldn't we know by now if GMOs posed some threat? Since no obvious problems have come to the fore, some scientists -- and certainly the agrichemical industry, which dominates GM seed production -- have seen fit to declare them safe. Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Davis, recently summed up the conventional view: "After 14 years of cultivation and a cumulative total of two billion acres planted, GE crops have not caused a single instance of harm to human health or the environment."

Read more: http://www.grist.org/food-safety/2011-05-16-what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-the-safety-of-eating-gmos

Maurya
05-22-11, 08:29 AM
While I was visiting with my nephew yesterday, he informed me that a colleague of his at Brown has been trying to get a grant to investigate the possibility of creating GMO teff. (Insert Sarcasm Font Here) This would be a great help and service for the poor Egyptians, who so desperately need this!

Reesacat
05-22-11, 08:41 AM
Scary-it will be the non-GMO heirloom seeds that will be the ones to succeed after these terrible GMO failures; and contamiating 3rd world contries with GMO strains increases famine and decreases supply of heirloom seeds.