Genetically engineered foods are not safe, have not been properly tested and pose a serious threat to human health and the environment, according to a new report by two genetic engineers.
In GMO Myths and Truths, the scientists refute the claims made by companies that produce genetically modified crops and organisms (GMOs).
“GM crops are promoted on the basis of ambitious claims – that they are safe to eat, environmentally beneficial, increase yields, reduce reliance on pesticides and can help solve world hunger,” said co-author Dr. Michael Antoniou of the King’s College School of Medicine in London, U.K.
But the research on them is incomplete, lack proper testing in humans or any long-term study, the report said. Regulatory agencies all over the world typically rely on information supplied by the for-profit companies producing GMO products, rather than any independent testing.
Furthermore, the authors said, GMO crops have increased the use of toxic herbicides and pesticides that have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other medical issues.
Calling the current method “crude” and “imprecise,” co-author Dr. John Fagan said, “It can create unexpected toxins or allergens in foods and affect their nutritional value.”
The report cites data from scientific literature as well as reports from doctors, government bodies, industry and media.