How many times have you heard anti-GMO activists tell you that there isn’t any science supporting the safety of biotechnology. Even if there is some type of research, they refuse to believe because it was performed by someone “in the industry.”
But that assertion is completely false. Need proof?
Some Italian scientists decided to pull together all the credible (sorry, Natural News is not credible) scientific studies about genetically modified foods to see what the actual, tested data says about biotechnology’s safety. To make the research manageable, they limited their search to only those studies taking place since 2002. In total, the scientists summarized 1,783 studies and all of them concluded that GMOs do not pose a risk to humans and animals. Nor is there a significant and detrimental environmental impact.
Many of the studies were independent studies. Despite the fear-monger’s claims, there is a significant and substantial collection of third party studies indicating that biotechnology is safe.
The researchers were also able to take a look several categorical subsets of studies, including general literature, environmental impact, safety of consumption and traceability. All of them came out positively in favor of biotechnology.
In conclusion, the study points out that the controversy and debate about the technology is completely made-up by those who (typically) have a vested interest in opposing GMOs.
In short, genetically modified foods are among the most extensively studied scientific subjects in history. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of GM technology, and the paper’s conclusion is unequivocal: there is no credible evidence that GMOs pose any unique threat to the environment or the public’s health. The reason for the public’s distrust of GMOs lies in psychology, politics and false debates.
The collection of studies will be added to GENERA, which is a compilation of all biotechnology studies ever done (it is in the process of being completed) so that the public has access to the information. That means anyone call pull up the information and research further. I can’t promise everyone will understand the complex material, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less credible.
Let’s just stop for a second and appreciate the fact that there is an entire database full of scientific studies, which are available to all consumers, proving the safety of genetically modified crops. There is no hiding here, folks. If you think you have a “right to know,” then get reading.
While a database full of 2,000+ studies revealing that biotechnology is safe will convince most rational people, I’m not sure those opposed to science and progress and technology will believe it. But, the best we can do is put forth the information and evidence as proof. After all, you can lead a horse to water…
You can read more on the study and results here.