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What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Food

Original story at The Atlantic• 6 mentions • 1 year ago

The Atlantic 1 year ago

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American farmers started growing genetically engineered (GE) crops (which are also commonly referred to as "GMOs") in 1996, and now plant 165 million acres annually. Food manufacturers estimate that 70 percent of processed foods contain at least one ingredient made from GE crops. But along with such rapid adoption of a scary-sounding technology have come myths propagated by proponents and opponents. Here are some facts that sometimes get lost in the hype--and that will come as a surprise to people on both sides of the constant arguments. There is no reliable evidence that ingredients made from current GE crops pose any health risk whatsoever. Numerous governmental and scientific agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Academy of Sciences, have conducted reviews that did not identify any health concerns. Indeed, even the fiercest opponents have not shown any health risks. That should not come as a surprise. The DNA inserted into GE seeds, and the protein it produces, are largely digested in the gastrointestinal tract. And the proteins are sometimes molecules that humans have already been exposed to in our diets. For example, GE crops that fend off viruses contain components of plant viruses that we've long eaten without any harm.
 
 
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08 Feb
Hayes Valley Farm @hayesvalleyfarm
RT @TheAtlantic: What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Food http://t.co/ga9OMnUf
07 Feb
Daniel Klein @perennialplate
interesting piece in @theatlantic by @gregjaffe about GMOs http://t.co/TrS2i5Jo missing discussion of farmer sovereignty
07 Feb
CSPI @CSPI
"What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Food" from CSPI's director of biotech http://t.co/XvzSZjlX #GMO
07 Feb
Corby Kummer @CKummer
Head of biotech at @CSPI, Greg Jaffe, addresses myths on both sides of GMO debate. Something to make everyone mad. http://t.co/nu8bo4mw
07 Feb
Maryn McKenna @marynmck
RT @TheAtlanticHLTH: Facts and myths about genetically engineered foods, by director of biotechnology at CSPI: http://t.co/B0rLNGQf
07 Feb
The Atlantic Health @TheAtlanticHLTH
Facts and myths about genetically engineered foods, explained by the director of biotechnology at CSPI: http://t.co/afxkqegy