Scientists and researchers within the FDA have warned consumers of the uncertainty of the health effects of GE foods. No safety testing is required for GE foods, which is especially concerning.
Consequences to GM foods may include severe health, environmental, and farming effects.
Negative health effects may include: “Increased allergenicity, damage to vital organ systems, compromised immune responses and metabolic functioning, intestinal damage and infertility” (Murphy, Bernstein, Fryska 483).
Research and studies have also shown that there is a correlation between GMOs and health sickness. Mainstream research has found that GMO foods cause serious problems for human kidneys and the liver (Ferrie). Recently, a new pathogen, which was previously unknown to science, with no legal name, and only visible with an electron microscope, was discovered by Purdue University. This pathogen, which is present in all crops engineered by Roundup Ready, causes plant and animal diseases (Ferrie).
Additionally, Canadian research has shown that 93% of all fetuses and their mothers, who were tested, were contaminated with toxins associated with GM foods.
The strongest argument related to GMOs and sickness is the need for antibiotics to treat sick animals, a GM agricultural practice. This has given rise to the antibiotic resistance in which drugs of last resort have increased by 79% between 2005 and 2009 (Ferrie). The Union of Concerned Scientists also says that GM foods “carry fully functioning antibiotic-resistance genes” which could potentially “reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight disease” (Cook 8).
- Biotechnology’s creation of GM foods is a “mad-science-inspired dirty agribusiness” (Ferrie)
- 50% of all children in the United States now have chronic diseases
- 21% suffer from developmental disorders
- The cost of malnutrition in the U.S is $76.6 billion
- All as a result of this agribusiness [Genetically Engineered & Modified practices]
Negative environmental and farming effects may include: “Increased herbicide use and superweeds, transgenic contamination that threatens seed diversity and organic agriculture, loss of soil infertility, and loss of biodiversity” (Murphy, Bernstein, Fryska 483).
GMOs are detrimental to farmers because of Monsanto’s seeds and cross contamination. Since 1996, GE seeds have contaminated crops all around the world. The “pollen from GM plants can be expected to land on traditional plants. It cannot be stopped” (Blatt 105). In fact, “nearly a hundred farmers in the United States have been sued by Monsanto because Roundup Ready crops were found on their land…unfairly persecuted by Monsanto because they are downwind from neighboring farmers’ GM crops” (Blatt 105).
Blatt, Harvey. “America’s Food: What You Don’t Know About What You Eat.” Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008.
Cook, Christopher D. “Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis.” New York: The New Press, 2004.
Ferrie, Helke. “Evidence Grows of Harmful Effects of GMOs on Human Health.” CCPA Monitor 18:5 (2011): 12-13. Academic Search Complete. Web. February 23, 2014.
Murphy, Laura, Jillian Bernstein and Adam Fryska. “More Than Curiosity: The Constitutionality of State Labeling Requirements for Genetically Engineered Foods.” Vermont Law Review. 38.2 (2012): 477-553. Print.