GMO Health Risks

Genetic engineers believe there are good scientific reasons to be concerned about GMO dangers.


| July 2, 2012



corn seed

More than 80 percent of corn grown in the United States has been genetically modified.


PHOTO: VIDADY/FOTOLIA.COM

The following article is posted with permission from Earth Open Source.

LONDON, UK — Aren’t critics of genetically modified food (GM foods) anti-science? Isn’t the debate over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a spat between emotional but ignorant activists on one hand and rational GM-supporting scientists on the other?

A new report, “GMO Myths and Truths,” [1] published online on June 17, challenges these claims. The report presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and other authoritative evidence of GMO health risks and the environment posed by genetically modified crops and organisms (GMOs).

Unusually, the initiative for the report came not from campaigners but from two genetic engineers who believe there are good scientific reasons to be concerned about GMO dangers.

One of the report’s authors, Dr Michael Antoniou of King’s College London School of Medicine in the UK, uses genetic engineering for medical applications but warns of GMO health risks in human food and animal feed.

Dr Antoniou said, “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.

t brandt
7/5/2012 8:34:37 PM

Your link didn't work, but here's another article on the problem: http://www.agweb.com/article/texas_cattle_herd_deaths_tied_to_cyanide_from_bermuda_grass_LN/ Ths is a known problem in some natural grasses and this is the first example of the problem in a strain of Bermuda grass developed to resist drought. The remedy is is to merely hold cattle off new growth for a week or so. Not a big deal.


daltxguy
7/4/2012 11:27:37 PM

Genetically Modified Grass Kills Cattle By Producing Warfare Chemical Cyanide Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-grass-kills-cattle-by-producing-cyanide/#ixzz1zhQJee3a


t brandt
7/4/2012 8:45:08 PM

Once again the argument against GMO boils down to (a) given ridiculously high doses of GMO food, some lab animals develope kidney & liver poblems. With ~20,000 natural chemicals in that food, what makes you think it's the GMO chemical causing the problem? or (b) Just because there is no evidience that GMO food causes problems in humans, that doesn't prove it couldn't. Right. And you could get killed by a meteorite as you sleep in your bed tonight too.....Their other 30 points are mainly non-sequitur arguments or examples of poor applicability to the problem. Stating that Bt seeds aren't more productive doesn't prove they are bad for us. (BTW- the GMO crops aren't suppposed to be more productive, just more consistent & resistant to a failure due to pestilence in a bad year. That's called "food security." Just watch how our food prices will be affected by the drought this year when the corn crop is down by 30%, as another example)....Please note in reading this lengthy article, they still produce ZERO evidence that eating GMO food actually causes any disease.






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