29 Jul '16, 10pm

Union of Concerned Scientists flags concerns with GMOS: health risks, environmental impacts, & lack of regulation.

Any technology that offers benefits will usually come with risks as well. In order to make wise decisions about using a technology, we must understand its potential impacts well enough to decide whether the risks are acceptably low. What are the risks posed by the use of genetic engineering (GE) in agriculture? The answers fall mostly into two categories: risks to human health, and environmental impacts. Photo: Roy Kaltschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories GE Health Risks Health risks of genetic engineering have sometimes been described in exaggerated, alarmist terms, implying that foods made from GE crops are inherently unsafe. There is no evidence, for instance, that refined products derived from GE crops, such as starch, sugar and oils, are different than those derived from conventionally bred crops. It is also an exaggeration, however, to state that there ar...

Full article: http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-fo...

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