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Are GMOs Really Bad for you?

Are GMOs Really Bad for you?
July 08
17:05 2016

With the recent clean eating and farm-to-table movement in full force, people are steering clear of genetically engineered crops. Trader Joes and Chipotle have both swore off GMOS and according to a Pew Research Center survey, 57% think it’s unsafe to eat genetically modified foods.

Most may buy GMO-free products on purpose, but they don’t even know what that means. Dictionary.com states that a GMO is “an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there.”

Like the definition, the GMO issue is complicated. Most of the studies claiming that GMOs have harmful health effects are full of errors. That’s why the National Academics of Science recently released an extensive report of 388 pages, proving that they are safe to eat and don’t cause cancer, kidney disease, obesity, gastrointestinal illnesses, etc.

The researchers examined more than 900 studies on GMOs within the last 20 years and determined that they have actually caused more good than bad. GMOs saved US farmers money and even lowered pest populations in some areas.

So how did they come to the conclusion that GMO were in fact safe for humans to consume? Researchers compared disease reports from the US and Canada, where GMOs are consumed regularly, with reports from the United Kingdom and Western Europe, where GMOS are not widely consumed.

Health problems did not increase in the US once GE foods were introduced in the 1990s. They also found that there was no correlation between Type II diabetes and obesity and GE foods.

Surprisingly, there are only 12 genetically modified crops grown commercially across the world, including soy, corn, beans, sugar beets, canola, alfalfa, papaya and cotton.

Only four out of the 12 are popular with farmers. 99% of sugar beets, 94% of both soybean and cotton and 92% of corn are GMOs. Only 12% of crops are genetically modified.

Even though there are a ton of articles with false reports about GMOs, there effect has been significant. The GMO-free label has become extremely popular. The non-GMO project, the GMO-free labeling program, has almost 35,000 products with this label, which account for $550 billion.

It isn’t going to be easy to convince the public that GMOs are A-Okay. The truth about GMOs will have to be covered on multiple creditable media outlets with scientific evidence to back it up before people start to care less about their food being GMO-free.

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