GMO foods might increase the risk of cancer.
(Mirror Daily, United States) – The National Academies of Science has recently stated that there is no increased environmental and long-term health risk to GMO food.
According to Phil Lempert, market analyst at “Supermarket Guru”, there is no evidence that genetically modified ingredients are capable of any harm. The committee used 20 years of data to compare U.S. and Canadian consumers who eat genetically engineered foods with the ones from Europe, who usually don’t.
Genetically modified or genetically engineered food is made by altering the DNA of a plant or animal in an unnatural way, different than how it naturally grows. Food scientists genetically modify animals or plants to change some of their characteristics to make them sweeter, resilient to insects, drought or more.
However, this unnatural and unusual modification raised many questions and complaints from consumers. According to Dr. Roger Clemens of USC’s International Center for Regulatory Science, there are almost nine billion people on the planet that need to be provided with food, making it a challenge to keep up with this number.
Nevertheless, some experts think that such a perspective is just hypocrite and not true. First, because there are so many people who are starving on this planet while we ‘produce’ an enormous amount of food waste every year. It means that right now, we have enough food to feed everyone, making this situation far from being a challenge.
Second, our planet has various resources that can provide us with enough food to sustain a much larger population than the current one. Plus, even NAS report has some criticism. Around 90 percent of the corn and soybeans in the U.S. are GMOs. Moreover, these crops are modified with glyphosate, an ingredient which is supposed to fight weeds.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, glyphosate might be a carcinogen. Corn and soy are primary components in the U.S. food supply, so it’s kind of easy to do the math. FDA is going to establish this year the level of glyphosate found in eggs, milk, corn and soybeans to determine how much people are consuming.
This fact also explains why consumer groups like NAS and the Center for Science in the Public Interest continue their campaign to label every product so that consumers will be able to decide whether they want to buy GMO foods or not.
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