GM Crops – Miner Report
Just when we thought that farmers wouldn’t plant any more genetically modified crops the percentage
(and most likely the acreage as well) of GM corn increased in 2013, to 90% of all corn planted.
Soybeans have been stuck at 93% for several years now. Consider these percentages as you mull over
the impact of the labeling law being debated in several New England states. From the above percentages,
it certainly seems that a high percentage of foods containing corn or soybean products (including corn
oil and soybean oil) must be made from GM crops. Changing this will be like stopping a runaway train.
One of the claims made against GM crops is that they’re responsible for all sorts of diseases including
obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
And it’s true that the incidence of these diseases or conditions has increased in the past decade or two.
However, Colleen Scherer, managing editor of “Ag Professional” magazine, notes that something else
that has increased tremendously in the same time period: The consumption of organic food! Does eating
organic food cause these diseases?
Of course not: Coincidence does not equal proof. But there’s as
much evidence supporting organic foods as the reason for increased disease incidence as there is for
GM crops: None at all.
Ev Thomas, Miner Institute Report
August 13, 2013
“Maybe mandatory labeling is not such a good idea after all.
The movement for the labeling of genetically modified foods has found growing momentum thanks in large part to lobby groups such as Citizens for Health, which represent companies selling dietary supplements and other products.
In an ironic twist, Citizens for Health and other big guns in the supplement industry are now fighting their own battle against mandatory labeling for supplements. Senate Bill 1425, also known as the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013, would require food supplement companies to label their supplements in much the same way similar legislation would mandate GMO labeling.”
From the Washington Post: “The organizations I found that pass, though, form a compelling coalition. The National Academies, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the Royal Society and the European Commission are all on the same side. Although it’s impossible to prove anything absolutely safe, and all of those groups warn that vigilance on GMOs and health is vital, they all agree that there’s no evidence that it’s dangerous to eat genetically modified foods. Even the Center for Science in the Public Interest is on board, and it has never been accused of being sanguine about food risks.
I’m not the first journalist to notice the consensus. Science-oriented publications including Nature and Scientific American have taken a hard look at safety and also concluded there’s no evidence that GMOs are bad for us. Nathanael Johnson, who’s doing yeoman’s fact-finding work at Grist.org, concurs.”