GMOs – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

October 6, 2018

Mention that you love the idea of GMO modified foods and watch the reaction. Possibly it would be good, meaning that the person favored modifying food genetically. More likely it would be negative. Meaning that modifying foods was a bad idea.


More likely still the reaction would be ugly meaning that we humans have no business modifying what God has done.


So let’s begin at the beginning. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. GMOs were first launched commercially on a wide scale in agriculture in 1996. From the onset these foods were met with controversy and resistance. They were called “Frankenfoods” and there were protests everywhere.


There were many arguments against them but the most telling was the claim that genetically modified foods were a threat to human health, causing a higher incidence of many diseases. The main developer of GMO seeds was Monsanto. Its name became a byword for corporate evil.


Many countries now entirely ban GMO modified crops from being cultivated. Only one GMO food crop has ever been approved for use in Europe. It is an insect resistant corn.


So what do we know now about GMO foods. Almost all of the alarms and claims about GMOs are false. The anti-GMO campaign has deprived much of the world of a crucial and important technology. Planting GMO crops has dramatically reduced the amount of pesticides sprayed by farmers. Many crops that are being developed for African countries, such as drought resistant corn and disease resistant bananas will be sold royalty free in an effort to improve the life of subsistent farmers.


Perhaps the most persistent myth is that GMO foods are bad for human health.A 2015 study found that only 37% of U.S. adults believe that it is safe to eat genetically modified foods. Compare this to 88% of scientists who believe that it is safe.


This is a short summary of where we are with GMO foods. We believe that they are safe and are critical to the survival of many as the human population approaches 10 billion people. what is your opinion? Please let us know.


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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

Dr. Todd D. Severin

San Ramon, CA 94582 USA

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