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The advent of new genetic engineering technologies, namely CRISPR Cas, is now about to change the game substantially. It will probably open a new chapter of the GMO dispute.



ref - September 6th and 7th 2018 in Berlin - https://www.gmo-free-regions.org/9th-conference-gmo-free-europe.html

ref - https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/five-things-monsanto-doesnt-want-you-know-about-gmos


A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

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Nice to see some posts about science topics.

Although the name "Monsanto" is associated with all things bad in the general public,  is it important to point out that MonsantoGMOs in general. It is often claimed that GMO crops pose a significant risk to our health and are a threat to the environment.
At least two statements about the impacts of GMO crops (health, environment, etc) have been written by some of the most prestiguous scientific associations in the world (NAS - National Academy of Sciences & AAAS) and after evaluating the evidence for or against the benefits and dangers of GMO crops they released a report/consensus statement.

From the executive summary of the NAS statement:    ( https://www.nap.edu/catalog/23395/genetically-engineered-crops-experiences-and-prospects )



There have been claims that GE crops have had adverse effects on human health. Many reviews have indicated that foods from GE crops are as safe as foods from non-GE crops, but the committee re-examined the original studies of this subject. The design and analysis of many animal feeding studies were not optimal, but the large number of experimental studies provided reasonable evidence that animals were not harmed by eating food derived from GE crops. Additionally, long-term data on livestock health before and after the introduction of GE crops showed no adverse effects associated with GE crops. The committee also examined epidemiological data on incidence of cancers and other human-health problems over time and found no substantiated evidence that foods from GE crops were less safe than foods from non-GE crops.


And from the one by the AAAS:   ( https://www.aaas.org/news/statement-aaas-board-directors-labeling-genetically-modified-foods )


The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.

In short: There is no high-quality evidence that suggests that GMO crops pose a threat to human health.
In case everyone knew this already: Good. In case you did not: You're welcome 🙂


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