With National Academies’ GMO report, is debate concerning safety to humans over?

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Last week, the prestigious National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine issued what is probably the most far-reaching report ever produced by the scientific community on genetically engineered food and crops. The conclusion was unambiguous: …they “found no substantiated evidence that foods from GE crops were less safe than foods from non-GE crops.”

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There is still plenty of room for genuine dissent moreover. The National Academies report is zealous in pointing out some of the experienced difficulties and drawbacks of GMOs. The overuse of GE crops has indeed led to the evolution of resistance, both in weeds and insects, it finds. Also, industry domination of the technology might restrict access of small farmers in poorer countries to improved seeds. And mandatory GMO labelling might well be a good way to raise public trust in a more transparent food system.

But these real areas of debate do not include GMO safety. That issue has now been definitively put to bed.

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