Hi, I study molecular and cellular biology. Here are some of the things that help me make sense of the GMO issue.
Here is a statement in support of the safety of GMOs from every single major science organization in the world!!!
Scientific consensus on GMO safety stronger than for global warming
That overwhelming consensus exceeds the percentage of scientists, 88%, who believe global warming is the result of human activity. However, the public appears far more suspicious of scientific claims about GMO safety than they do about the consensus on climate change. http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/01/29/pewaaas-study-scientific-consensus-on-gmo-safety-stronger-than-for-global-warming/
Healthcare Triage Video On GMOs with a lot of great resources
A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops
On average, GM technology adoption has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%. Yield gains and pesticide reductions are larger for insect-resistant crops than for herbicide-tolerant crops. Yield and profit gains are higher in developing countries than in developed countries.
Long Term GMO study with a trillion data points!
The field data represented more than 100 billion animals covering a period before 1996 when animal feed was 100% non-GMO, and after its introduction when it jumped to 90% and more. The documentation included the records of animals examined pre and post mortem, as ill cattle cannot be approved for meat.
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.”
“Here’s the thing: there are a lot of myths out there about organic foods, and a lot of propaganda supporting methods that are rarely understood.”
GMO Farmer Suicide Myth
GMO Seed Myths
Anti-GMO myth busted—We’re not losing plant genetic diversity after all
Biotech Crops Reduce CO2 Emissions by 28 000 million kg per year!
GMOs better for the environment than organic
Healthcare Triage Video On Organic Food with a lot of great resources
TED Talk about agricultural science.
Is Monsanto Evil?
“I used to believe Monsanto was evil.
Seriously. I’ve never been impressed by the hysterical anti-GMO rants; they’re as uninformed and anti-intellectual as antvaxxers. But I did still buy into the “Monsanto is teh eeeeebil” propaganda. In fact, I wanted to blog about how evil Monsanto was. But, because I like being thorough and citing my sources in my blog posts, I started researching the company’s history.”
Why is Monsanto killing Indian farmers? They’re not.
Why not just label GMOs?
“So, when I write about genetically engineered foods… I regularly get asked, “Why not just label them?” I can sympathize with the right to know argument, but genetics is complex and a blanket label of “GMO” is meaningless and has nothing to do with the actual ingredients.”
GMOs and Cancer
What’s troubling is that the anti-GMO cult cherry picks badly designed studies that just happen to support their “beliefs,” that GMOs cause cancer.
For example, Sayer Ji, writing in the Organic Consumers Association website last year, uses two studies to claim that GMOs cause cancer. Ji, whom I consider one of the most ignorant pseudoscience pushing cultists on the internet, dumpster dives through two of the worst articles “published” about GMOs to make his case.
The first one, authored by Gilles-Eric Séralini, notoriously claimed that a GMO corn caused cancer in rats. The article was roundly criticized by independent scientists all across the world, purely because of the design, analysis and conclusion based on that design and analysis of the study. Séralini (and one of the coauthors who is a practicing homeopath–I can’t invent irony this good) were ridiculed throughout the scientific community for so many technical flaws that it would take another article just to list. Oh, wait there isanother article that will provide the reader the full gist of the worthlessness of Séralini’s article. Eventually, the journal that published the study could not ignore the criticism of the poor quality of the research and retracted the article http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/gmo-foods-cancer-pseudoscience/
Example of a transgenic food occuring naturally. http://m.pnas.org/content/early/2015/04/14/1419685112
Busting GMO Myths
“I’ve spent much of the past year digging into the evidence. Here’s what I’ve learned. First, it’s true that the issue is complicated. But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs. It’s full of errors, fallacies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, and lies. The people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false. They’re counting on you to feel overwhelmed by the science and to accept, as a gut presumption, their message of distrust.”
US honeybee colonies hit a 20 year