Research over 29 years shows GMOs are safe to eat
October 5, 2014
E-mails and news websites were abuzz last week with news consumers can now feel more safe than ever feeding their families, pets and livestock genetically modified food and feed products.
According to Forbes, more than 2,000 such studies have been completed, debunking the mentality that GMOs cause cancer, fertility problems or death.
In a new comprehensive study of GMOs published in the Journal of Animal Science, University of California-Davis Department of Animal Science geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam and research assistant Amy E. Young shared research findings resulting from a project that goes back 29 years.
The two studied the relationship between non-GMO livestock feed and animal health, pre-1996 in comparison to today's livestock and the high levels of GMO feed they consume.
"Globally, food-producing animals consume 70 percent to 90 percent of genetically engineered crop biomass, mostly corn and soybean. In the United States alone, animal agriculture produces over 9 billion food-producing animals annually, and more than 95 percent of these animals consume feed containing GE ingredients. The numbers are similar in large GMO producing countries with a large agricultural sector, such as Brazil and Argentina," said the Forbes story.
No anecdotal evidence, mainly large numbers of sick or dead livestock, exists to prove any problems caused by GM feed, the story said.
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"What did they find? That GM feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed. There was no indication of any unusual trends in the health of animals since 1996 when GMO crops were first harvested. Considering the size of the dataset, it can reasonably be said that the debate over the impact of GE feed on animal health is closed: there is zero extraordinary impact," Forbes reported.
According to a pro-GMO website, eight crops from GM seeds are commercially available in the United States: corn (field and sweet), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash.
Other studies and reports claim lowered immune systems, fertility problems, cancer and even death is caused, in some cases, by food and animal feed from GMO crops.