Source Irrational Fear of GM Food
Dr. Van Montagu is founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium. 2013 World Food Prize Laureate said. Billions of people have eaten genetically modified food over the past two decades. Not one problem has been found and proven in repeatable scientific research or testing.
Farmers now produce more crops in an environmentally sustainable way at a lower cost thanks to the efforts of hundreds of scientists over the past half century. Seeds are developed in a laboratory and then field tested to enhance nutritional value or resistance to drought, disease and herbicides. Genetically modified crops are now planted on nearly a quarter of the world’s farm land by some 17.3 million farmers. More than 90% of those farmers are smallholders who harvest a few acres in developing countries.
Insect resistant GM crops have cut insecticide spraying by more than 25%. Herbicide tolerant GM crops have stimulated no tillage farming, reducing soil erosion.
Opponents of GM crops have been extremely effective at spreading misinformation. GM crops don’t, as one discredited study claimed recently, cause cancer or other diseases.
GM cotton isn’t responsible for suicides among Indian farmers. A 2008 study by an alliance of 64 governments and nongovernmental organizations debunked that myth completely. And there is no provable scientific research that GM crops harm bees or monarch butterflies.
People have consumed billions of meals containing GM foods in the 17 years since they were first commercialized, and not one problem has been documented. This comes as no surprise. Every respected scientific organization that has studied GM crops, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization, among others has found GM crops both safe for humans and positive for the environment.
Mankind has been breeding crops genetically altering them since the dawn of agriculture. Today’s techniques for modifying plants are simply new, high precision methods for doing the same thing.
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