No fooling science with anti-GMO myths

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The internet is full of false information about genetically modified crops and derived food. Unfortunately the average person — including many politicians — is unable to differentiate between the real science and the prolific pseudo-science that is designed to scare, not educate. This has resulted in genuine fear of GMOs.

However, world scientific bodies, world health authorities and world food safety authorities are not fooled by the pseudo-science.

Many critics of GM crops continue to spread the myth that GM crops and derived food are not tested for safety. The reality is GM crops are tested 10 to 50 times the level of crops bred with other methods. Three agencies regulate (or test) these crops. The USDA, the EPA and the FDA all combine to examine both environmental and food safety considerations for all GM crops and derived food. It takes on average eight to 10 years of testing and tens of millions of dollars before any GM crop can be grown commercially.

The European Academies Science Advisory Council 2013 report, Planting the Future (available on-line) was clear when it said: “There is compelling evidence that GM crops can contribute to sustainable development goals with benefits to farmers, consumers, the environment and the economy.”

Good public policy should match global expert opinion with regard to GM crops and food.

Read the full, original article: Science debunks the anti-GMO myths

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