The debate between those who side and those who oppose Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been intense over the past years. But recently, scientists all over the world agree that GMOs are safe for human consumption.
In a recently published study from the National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the rather controversial GMOs and Genetically Engineered crops were deemed safe. This was found after scientists in the field, has examined mountains of studies on the subject matter.
To support the claim that GMOs are indeed safe for human consumption, the Academy’s research wing has examined more than 900 studies and listened to different experts in the field, whether pro or anti-GMO, in order to arrive such findings.
A series of debates and public fora have been held in order to shed light on the matter. One of the highly cited debates on the subject matter was hosted by the science research think tank Intelligence Squared.
After years of exhaustive study, which was called the Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects, has able to provide science-based answers to questions that haunted this controversial topic. Apart from the potential effects of GMOs to human health, the report also examined effects on agriculture.
“The study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between currently commercialized genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it find conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops,” an excerpt of the study reads.
One of the biggest criticisms that anti-GMO movements have thrown against the use of GMOs is its effects to human health, particularly its link to developing cancer. The study found no evidence that countries where GMOs are being used, including the US and Canada, have higher incidents of cancer in relation to countries were GMOs or GE crops were highly regulated, the Forbes reported.