A US study shows that the end product of genetically manipulated food is actually not that harmful as many people think.
On Tuesday, a well respected science board declared in their report that genetically manipulated, or GM for short, food remains safe for humans, animals and the environment. The science board, also known as The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded in their latest report that just because the genetics of a certain type of food has been changed, doesn’t affect the environment. Some people like to call GM food “frankenfood”, but the science board means this is claim based upon misinformation rather than actual knowledge.
However, GM food is not as promising as many people thought. The whole reason behind GM food is to produce more for less. But the report shows that manipulated food does not actually produce much more yields than regular un-manipulated food.
In their report, they said that regulators need to shift their focus from the making procedure to the end product instead. They mean that if the end product isn’t harmful to humans, animals or the environment, it shouldn’t be such a big deal.
The report avoided to answer the hot issue of whether GM food should have a label or not. The author of the report say that labels aren’t needed for food safety, but that they could potentially be justified on social and cultural grounds. The exclusion of this got plenty of environment groups upset, meaning everyone should know what kind of chemicals they’re eating. Scientists criticized the environmental groups, saying that putting a label on a food that’s not toxic is unnecessary.
There is no real evidence of GM food affecting the environment in a negative way. But it does affect the growth rate of pesticide, some farms have developed something researches call “superweed”, a weed that has been genetically modified as a side-effect.
The most common foods that are manipulated are soybeans, corn, cotton and canola. In most cases the manipulation have made them resistant to certain insects and herbicides. But as for growth and yield rates, the GM foods were pretty much on the same level as the regular ones. The results of several experiments show that there should actually be a substantial higher yield, but looking at data from the US Department of Agriculture shows otherwise.