Advocates for genetically modified crops depict them as a futuristic boon to humanity and the environment. Opponents call them “Frankenfoods” and demand governments ban their use. What does the data tell us? According to a new review of a large number of studies from across the spectrum, the truth falls much closer to the position of the advocates:Remember, it's not that they love nature, it's that they hate you.
Genetically modified crops on the market are not only safe, but appear to be good for people and the environment, experts determined in a reportreleased Tuesday.
But the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are not just asking people to take their word for it. They’re putting the evidence up on a website so skeptics — and they know there are plenty of them — can check for themselves.
NBC News listed the main conclusions from the report, and they all look like pluses:
The “report in brief” on the website offered more details on animal and human safety . . .
- There is no evidence of large-scale health effects on people from genetically modified foods
- There is some evidence that crops genetically engineered to resist bugs have benefited people by reducing cases of insecticide poisoning
- Genetically engineered crops to benefit human health, such as those altered to produce more vitamin A, can reduce blindness and deaths die to vitamin A deficiency
- Using insect-resistant or herbicide-resistant crops did not damage plant or insect diversity and in some cases increased the diversity of insects.
- Sometimes the added genes do leak out to nearby plants – a process called gene flow – but there is no evidence it has caused harm.
- In general, farmers who use GM soybean, cotton, and corn make more money but it does depend on how bad pests are and farming practices.
- GM crops do reduce losses to pests
- If farmers use insect-resistant crops but don’t take enough care, sometimes pest insects develop resistance
Thursday, May 19, 2016
GMO Crops Good For You, Environment
No wonder the lefties hate them: Report: Genetically modified crops are safe, healthy, and good for the environment