Friday, July 5, 2013
Harmful or healthy? The jury's still out on GMOs | SciTech | GMA News Online:
The clock is ticking, but no decision seems immediately forthcoming.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) offer some of the most promising immediate solutions to the world's burgeoning food problems, but some experts point at tantalizing evidence in favor of slowing—if not completely putting the brakes on—GMO consumption.
“It makes sense that before we deploy the products of an infant science into the food supply and into the environment where it can never be recalled, the greatest cautions should have been applied,” says Jeffrey Smith, consumer activist and executive director of the US-based Institute for Responsible Technology.
Together with the local organizations involved in the Network Opposing GMOs (No GMOs!), he urged the Philippines to pass laws requiring companies to label all GMOs and their derivatives in the market.
He said that the current generation of GMOs have “unpredicted side effects,” posing health risks to both humans and animals—and he claims to have proof to back his claims.
He points to pictures and cases of experiments done on animals fed with GMO products, from GMO corncobs completely untouched by mice to buffaloes in India dying after only three days of eating GM cotton plants.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, in their GMO studies, discovered that animals fed with GMOs were afflicted with gastrointestinal problems, immune system problems, reproductive disorders, accelerated aging, and organ damage.
Smith said that the same diseases have been rising in the US population since the introduction of GMOs to the US market.
He also said that hundreds of doctors and patients who report to the Institute for Responsible Technology of health improvements after applying a GMO-free diet.
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