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  • Studies on Biotech Crop Safety, Myths about GMO Seeds, and What About Indian Farmer Suicides?

Are GE Crops Safe to Eat?

* Every independent scientific body that has ever evaluated the safety of biotech crops has found them to be safe for humans to eat.

* A 2004 report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded that “no adverse health effects attributed to genetic engineering have been documented in the human population.”

* In 2003 the International Council for Science, representing 111 national academies of science and 29 scientific unions, found “no evidence of any ill effects from the consumption of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.” The World Health Organization flatly states, “No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.”

* In 2010, a European Commission review of 50 studies on the safety of biotech crops found “no scientific evidence associating GMOs with higher risks for the environment or for food and feed safety than conventional plants and organisms.”

* At its annual meeting in June 2012, the American Medical Association endorsed a report on the labeling of bioengineered foods from its Council on Science and Public Health. The report concluded that “Bioengineered foods have been consumed for close to 20 years, and during that time, no overt consequences on human health have been reported and/or substantiated in the peer-reviewed literature.”

source:  Ronald Bailey’s article “The Top 5 Lies About Biotech Crops” in Reason magazine.  Bailey is the author of Liberation Biology.

Some Myths About Genetically Modified Seeds

Dan Charles, a science reporter for NPR, and the author of Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money and the Future of Food,  wrote an excellent piece last year that addressed some of the most common myths about genetically engineered seeds.  Click on each myth to read Dan’s explanation on NPR’s The Salt blog.

Myth 1: Seeds from GMOs are sterile.

Myth 2: Monsanto will sue you for growing their patented GMOs if traces of those GMOs entered your fields through wind-blown pollen.

Myth 4: Before Monsanto got in the way, farmers typically saved their seeds and re-used them.

Myth 5: Most seeds these days are genetically modified.