16 May '11, 10pm

What we know—and don’t know—about the safety of eating GMOs

What we know—and don’t know—about the safety of eating GMOs

GMOs ahead: Proceed at your own risk. Are genetically modified foods safe to eat? The conventional answer is "yes," and it's not hard to see why. Since their introduction in 1996, genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy seeds quickly conquered U.S. farm fields. Today, upwards of 70 percent of corn and 90 percent of soy are genetically modified, and these two crops form the basis of the conventional U.S. diet. Nor are they GM technology's only pathway onto our plates. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. cotton is now genetically engineered, and cottonseed oil has emerged as a staple fat for the food industry. (USDA has figures on this. ) Canola oil -- another crop that has largely succumbed to genetic modification -- is yet another common ingredient. Given their swift path to ubiquity, wouldn't we know by now if GMOs posed some threat? Since no obvious p...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food-safety/2011-05-16-what-we-know-...

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