Below is a news article that was in USAtoday. As you can see the article refers to genetically modified foods entering the human food chain. If you are unaware they are already in our food chain and unless you are going to great lengths to avoid them then you are consuming GMO food items. Read below an interesting response. You should note the author suggested just to stop consuming meat which is just a stupid answer and on that should not be considered.
Eat healthy rather than genetically modify food
Patrice Green, M.D. – Baltimore
Eat healthy rather than genetically modify food As a physician, I am deeply troubled by the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed regulations that would allow genetically modified animals to be sold for human consumption. We have no idea how this would affect human health, wildlife, domesticated animals or the environment (“FDA moves on genetically altered animals,” News, Friday ).
The most disturbing part is that producing genetically engineered animals is completely unnecessary.
There is no need to use gene modification to make the meat from a pig contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids (a healthy fat) when we can easily leave unhealthful foods off our plates.
Replacing meat, egg and dairy products with low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian foods is a simple solution for improving America’s health. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the wide-ranging benefits of a plant-based diet, including lower rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and several cancers.
Consumers deserve to know whether the food they purchase came from genetically modified plants or animals, but knowing about the role of good nutrition in overall health, weight management and disease prevention could be even more beneficial to their well-being.
There was one post in reply to this that interest me….
“I have only one response. Show me one, just one, credible study that shows any risk, much less proven harm, from genetically modified meat or produce? There is the rub, you cannot. All of the hype and worry is based on unfounded fears and probably to much time watching horror films. Modifying an animal or plant genetically is not any different than what farmers and ranchers have done for thousands of years with thier selective breeding and cross pollination. The only difference is that it is much MORE controlled without the risks involved in the trial and error process.
Next time you try to incite fear and uncertainty into the general public, do a bit of research first.”
First the FDA refuses to test GMO for safety even though it would be required under US law.
Now some studies….
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Ok…. I think you get the idea