There is no scientific consensus on GMO safety, and the government has never performed or required any safety testing of GMO foods. The industry funds its own research to prove GMOs are safe while aggressively discrediting any independent research challenging that belief. GMO foods have been linked to digestive disorders, infertility, immune problems and cancer, and these studies warrant further research. With allergies at an all-time high, mothers should be able to choose if they want their children to be part of the GMO food experiment.
Worldwide, nearly 300 scientists and doctors, including the developer of the first commercialized GM crop, have signed on to a recent statement citing serious safety concerns with GMOs.
The sooner we have mandatory GMO labeling, the sooner we can begin monitoring possible public health impacts, as suggested by the F.D.A.’s own scientists (according to leaked internal memos).
There have not been any long-term studies on the human health impacts of Genetically Modified foods. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (whose current food safety director is a former Monsanto Executive) has entrusted the corporations to ensure their safety on our behalf. Despite growing public concern, the U.S. government refuses to require safety-testing or labeling for genetically engineered foods.
There are a many great resources online to help you investigate the possible health impacts of Genetically Modified foods. Here we will list a couple to get you started.
earthopensource.org has released a comprehensive report entitled “GMO Myths & Truths,” which includes a summary of a growing body of evidence suggesting that Genetically Modified foods can be toxic or allergenic. You can view an excerpt of the report, here.