GMO-phobes please note:
“The scientific research conducted so far has not detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use of genetically engineered crops.”
That’s the conclusion from a team of Italian scientists, who just completed a thorough systematic review of the scientific research conducted on genetically modified (GM) crops in the past decade. Their work is published in the journal Critical Review of Biotechnology.
But but but the genes of GM crops will spread to wild plants, other crops, and microorganisms.
The review affirmed that this can indeed occur.
“The formation of hybrids between GE crops and wild relatives is possible and documented,” Nicolia said.
There is a caveat, however. According to Nicolia, this sort of thing happens naturally all the time with normal crops. Local plant genotypes get replaced. Wild plant populations mutate and become resistant to herbicides. Soil bacteria can niftily uptake genes. But this isn’t necessarily harmful. It’s just evolution.
Well yes but evolution is
god’s nature’s way of doing it and GMO is ARTIFICIAL.
Opponents of GM crops are in the news. In Washington, they’re pushing to label all GM products. Nationwide, they’re viewing GMO OMG, a new documentary damning genetic modification. On the Internet, they’re cheering a just-released report announcing that non-GMO food sales will total $178 billion this year, and are predicted to rise substantially by 2017.
Sadly, much of their discourse is devoid of scientific evidence, leaving a vacuum that gets filled with emotionally persuasive anecdotes, accusations of corporate corruption, and often erroneous information. It remains to be seen whether or not there will be room for the evidence contained in this exhaustive review.
You have to start somewhere.