. . . . Many of the criticisms of genetically engineered (GE) foods center on potential risks to human health, the environment, and socioeconomic dynamics, and are typically variations on the following statement:
Nature is complex; the human body is a black box, ecosystems are chaotic, and socioeconomic networks are highly interdependent. Introducing variables into these systems can perturb them in ways that are difficult to predict, with consequences that may only emerge over time.
This principle is invoked liberally throughout anti-GMO rhetoric. It is ostensibly reasonable, scientifically impossible to disprove, and fundamentally flawed.
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Although GE crops have been on the market for 20 years. . . and . . . been the subject of intensive research, consumer perception lags behind scientific consensus. There is sufficient data from controlled studies and real-world applications to conclude that their adoption has been a net positive. The fact that there is still controversy over GE crops must then stem from an under-appreciation of their benefits and an over-estimation of their risks.
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. . . . Our scientists continue to evaluate GMOs in light of the available data, and relative to the practical alternatives. . . . it is critical that consumers do the same.
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