Over 300 million people have been eating GM food happily for about 10 years, mainly in North America. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that eating GM foods can harm you or your family. Nor is there any confirmed evidence that domestic animals can be harmed.

Obviously, we already eat many foods that can be dangerous to our health. We know most of the possible food reactions, how to avoid them and importantly, how to test for them. For example, many people have potentially fatal allergic reactions to peanuts and other nuts, gut disease from gluten allergy, intolerance to dairy products, cardiovascular disorders from too much animal fat or severe illnesses from eating wild mushrooms. Lung cancer as a result of smoking also has its origin in a plant product, yet some countries were worried about using GM-tobacco with less harmful substances than normal because some people would be scared!

Sources:

Genetic Modification Technology and Food, consumer health and safety (2001). ILSI Europe Concise Monograph Series.

D. M. Livermore (1995). ß-Lactamases in laboratory and clinical resistance. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 8, 557-584.

E. Forano and H.J. Flint (2000). Genetically modified organisms: consequences for ruminant health and nutrition. Annals of Zootechnology, 49, 255-271.

D.E. Beever. and C.F. Kemp (2002). Safety issues associated with the DNA in animal feed derived from genetically modified crops. A review of scientific and regulatory procedures. Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews. Series B: Livestock Feeds and Feeding, 70, 175-182.

 

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