Chapter 1: A Lesson From Overseas. When eminent scientist Arpad Pusztai went public about his accidental discovery that genetically modified (GM) potatoes severely damage the immune system and organs of rats, he was suspended from the prestigious Scottish research institute where he had worked for thirty-five years.
RT: Govt decides to ban GMO food production in Russia – deputy PM (18th September 2015) Reuters: France bolsters ban on genetically modified crops (17th September 2015) Nature: Rejection of GM crops is not a failure for science (2nd September 2015) EurActiv: Germany initiates move to ban GMO crops (25th August 2015)
The use of GMO foods remains controversial. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of growing and eating genetically modified organisms, including the effects on human health and the ...
Jan 24, 2015 · 1. There is no consensus on GM food safety. Regarding the safety of GM crops and foods for human and animal health, a comprehensive review of animal feeding studies of GM crops found ‘An equilibrium in the number [of] research groups suggesting, on the basis of their studies, that a number of varieties of GM products (mainly maize and soybeans) are as safe and nutritious as the respective ...
Jul 27, 2020 · Genetically modified food (more correctly, genetically engineered food or transgenic food, and often abbreviated as GM [genetically modified], GMO [genetically modified organisms], and GMF [genetically modified food]) is any food derived from organisms which had their genomes modified using the technique of DNA recombination.
Mar 10, 2017 · Then the independent science began to come in, linking cancers in agricultural animal populations to GMO consumption. Then came the studies of human cancer-GMO correlations. Then came Russia's ban on GMOS (the only sane country in the world, in my opinion, on this issue).
GMO crops are grown around the world by approximately 17 million farmers, most of them in developing countries. In total, more than 60 countries import or grow GMOs, and in 2017, 24 countries (five industrial and 19 developing) planted biotech crops. As of 2017, the top five countries growing GMOs in terms of crop area are the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and India.
Genetically modified soybeans, corn and other crops are used to make the ingredients (e.g., flour, cornmeal, oils) for a variety of processed foods such as breads, cereals, dairy products, hot dogs, snacks and soda. Genetically modified plants may also be used as animal feed or for non-food purposes (e.g., starch potatoes or cotton).
Using this technology, scientists have modified corn, cotton, and potatoes to produce a pesticidal protein that is toxic when ingested by specific insect pests. In this case, the plant-incorporated protectants are chemicals produced by plants whose DNA has been modified, as well as the DNA that produces the chemicals.
Ensure clear labelling of GMOs placed on the market in order to enable consumers as well as professionals (e.g. farmers, and food feed chain operators) to make an informed choice. Ensure the traceability of GMOs placed on the market. The building blocks of the GMO legislation are: Directive 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release of GMOs into the ...