Studies suggesting health effects from eating food derived from GE crops remain highly controversial. The Canadian government evaluates novel foods for safety and the presence of allergens, and reviews field tests on GE crops before they are approved for commercial sale. However, the technology is relatively new and the long-term effects of these foods and crops are unknown.
The Sun asked Brian Ellis of Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of B.C. to help assess some of the claims made on both sides of the GMO debate.
Ellis was among a group of scientists that called on the Canadian government to ensure rigorous and transparent testing of GE foods. In addition, wherever possible reliable research and peer-reviewed studies were consulted.
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