If the FDA doesn’t say they’re safe, ‘they won’t go to market’: What you should know about GMOs and food safety

| | March 19, 2020
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Glow-in-the-dark micesilk-producing goatsvenomous cabbage — these are all wacky and downright unsettling examples of what can happen when scientists tinker with DNA. They’re also part of the reason that the public and scientific debates about genetically modified organisms — known as GMOs — persist.

Luckily, “Frankenfoods” like the venomous cabbage, aren’t something you’ll likely ever come into contact with.

The scientific consensus to date is that GMOs do not pose health risks to humans. GMOs have been heavily studied and new GM crops must go through an evaluation and approval process through the FDA. If the FDA doesn’t determine they’re safe, they won’t go to market.

Related article:  GMO plants produce antibiotic to fight off deadly bacterial infection—without harming environment

The WHO says that …. “GM foods currently available on the international market have passed safety assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health ….”

While there are some studies that have reported potential health risks, a 2017 review of “studies usually cited as evidence of adverse effects of GM food” found that most of those studies were invalid due to conflict of interest, flawed study design or poor implementation.

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