If GMOs are so harmful, where are the ‘victims’?

| | September 8, 2014
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According to the anti-GMO Center for Food Safety, “It has been estimated that upwards of 75 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves — from soda to soup, crackers to condiments — contain genetically engineered ingredients.”

So where are the victims?

To hear the nation’s anti-GMO activists tell it, you would think that the aisles of our nation’s supermarkets would be choked with corpses, that most of the nation’s farmers and their families would have one foot in the grave, that the country’s cows, pigs and chickens, which consume most of its corn and soybeans, would be dying or dead in their pens and coops.

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But none of those things has happened.

What has happened is that American farmers are harvesting record crops this year.

However 14 years of benign and beneficial experience with GMO crops hasn’t stopped anti-GMO activists from claiming that GMO crops are a ticking time-bomb and that the only reason the truth hasn’t come out is that Monsanto and other companies have paid off scientists — thousands of them — to skew their studies, and pressured politicians to approve their seeds.

Read the full, original article: Ban GMOs? First show us the victims

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