GMO foods and crops are becoming commonplace in countries like the US.
Naturally, you’ll want to know if GMO foods and crops are safe to eat.
We’ve provided a short answer to that question below based on the latest available information.
Are GMO Foods & Crops Safe To Eat For Humans?
In short, they probably are.
The current scientific consensus is that:
… currently available food derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food, but that each GM food needs to be tested on a case-by-case basis before introduction.
Some of the sources that support this consensus are:
What About GMO Foods & Crops Fed To Livestock & Animals That Humans Then Eat – Are They Safe?
’29 years of livestock productivity and health data from both before and after the introduction of genetically engineered animal feed [was reviewed]…
The field data represented more than 100 billion animals covering a period before 1996 when animal feed was 100% non-GMO, and after its introduction when it jumped to 90% and more. The documentation included the records of animals examined pre and post mortem, as ill cattle cannot be approved for meat.
What did they find? That GM feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed. There was no indication of any unusual trends in the health of animals since 1996 when GMO crops were first harvested. Considering the size of the dataset, it can reasonably be said that the debate over the impact of GE feed on animal health is closed: there is zero extraordinary impact.’
Questioning The Studies & Research On Whether GMOs Are Really Safe To Eat
There are some sources that point out how that consensus might be misleading by questioning the credibility of regular studies and independent studies done into GMOs (funded by GMO companies), the lack of long term studies on GMOs and human health, and how there are studies that have produced critical or negative results regarding GMO foods and crops.
Earthopensource.org also has a whole section (Section 3) dedicated to the health hazards of GMO foods at http://earthopensource.org/gmomythsandtruths/sample-page/3-health-hazards-gm-foods/
Some Sources That Question How Safe GMOs Are In General
- responsibletechnology.org goes as far as to say ‘GMOs simply are unhealthy’ and outlines some unhealthy trends and patterns linked to GMOs
- nongmoproject.org points out that “In the absence of credible independent long-term feeding studies, the safety of GMOs is unknown”
- Forbes.com says that “the current implementation of GMO due to its effects on cropland, the ecosystem, and human health, and that research into GMOs is taking resources away from potentially much more helpful cross-breeding projects in the short run.”
- What we do know is that the introduction of GMOs has coincided with a steep increase of the use of pesticides…
- theconversation.com says that ‘glyphosate is safe if used as directed’ and there is ‘no statistically significant evidence for an association [of glyphosate] with cancer’
Some Stats On The Foods You Eat & GMOs
- There are 10 genetically modified crops commercially available today in the US: alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets.
- 10% of the world’s croplands were planted with GM crops in 2010.
- In the US, by 2014, 94% of the planted area of soybeans, 96% of cotton and 93% of corn were genetically modified varieties.
- In recent years, GM crops expanded rapidly in developing countries. In 2013, approximately 18 million farmers grew 54% of worldwide GM crops in developing countries.
- According to the US Department of Agriculture, GMOs account for 90% or more of the most common crops that are grown by American farmers.
You can read more about the countries that grow the most GMO/Biotech crops in this guide.