Thursday, May 19, 2016

Safety not the big GMO issue, say scientists

A committee of United States scientists says there are no worrisome differences for people or the environment between genetically-modified and naturally-bred crops.

There is “no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health” and there is no “conclusive cause-and-effect evidence” of environmental problems from GMO crops, says their report issued this week.

The committee said it searched “all available research studies” and found no “persuasive evidence” of adverse health effects directly attributable to eating GMO foods.

The focus should shift from safety to what genetic engineering can do for plants and crops, the report recommends.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the report.

The real issue is that politics instead of scientific evidence has been the basis for regulating GMOs.