As food companies push for the use of grass-fed ingredients, activists have raised questions about the safety of GMOs and their impact on our food supply.
Here’s a look at some of the most interesting claims made about GMOs and how they compare to real-world foods.
What is a GMO?
GMO stands for genetically modified organism.
That’s a little more complicated than it sounds, because it can include any number of organisms, including plants and animals, that have been genetically engineered.
Most of them are not harmful, but some can be.
The Food and Drug Administration classifies GMOs as food, and they are considered safe for humans, animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and bacteria-producing microorganisms.
When you eat them, you’re eating a plant.
And they’re the result of engineering the genes of plants to make them produce certain nutrients.
GMOs are the most popular way to produce crops today.
But there’s a catch.
Some GMOs are safe for animals and plants.
In fact, some of them can help humans live longer.
So GMOs can be used to help feed the world and are an important part of our food system.
And, for the most part, scientists agree they work.
The issue is whether these foods are actually safe for human consumption.
Are GMOs safe?
A 2013 review of the scientific literature found that “most of the available data suggests that there are not likely to be significant differences in health outcomes between foods produced using GMOs and those produced using conventional or traditional techniques.”
And the National Academies of Science has called GMOs “safe and well tolerated.”
But there are some concerns.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a 2016 report that “no definitive conclusions have been reached as to the safety or efficacy of GMOs.”
It also said that the “consensus among scientists” is that GMOs are not a reliable source of new food.
And the World Health Organization said that GMOs do not meet their own criteria for safety.
And it noted that some GMO foods are not suitable for human nutrition.
But as of last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) also said it is “extremely concerned about the risk of human exposure to GMOs.”
What are the risks?
The main risk is that food produced with GMOs may not be safe for the human diet.
This includes food that comes from animals raised without the use in food crops of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.
The use of GMOs can also lead to contamination of foods that were not grown with the crops.
Some food manufacturers are pushing for increased labeling to make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about food.
But that is unlikely to happen, and it could lead to a backlash against the companies that produce the GMOs.
GMO foods have been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and cancers.
What can you do to avoid GMOs?
You can learn more about GMOs at the USDA.
And some food companies are pushing back.
Organic and natural foods companies say they will not produce GMO products.
Some companies have begun to remove ingredients that may contain GMOs.
But some GMO ingredients may be left in food that was not grown using GMO technology.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also started to release safety data on GMO ingredients, so consumers can make informed choices about the foods they buy.
But you should also be aware of the risks of eating foods from GMO-producing countries.
For example, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization says there are a number of possible health impacts associated with GMOs.
The most common include: Increased risk of cancer and birth defects.
The agency also says that the risk for certain types of cancers may be increased in people who are exposed to GMOs.
Also, it says that certain types are more likely to increase the risk or increase the severity of symptoms of cancer, particularly in people of reproductive age.
Some people have been diagnosed with cancer after eating GMO foods.
These include: Those with a genetic predisposition to develop cancers, especially breast and colorectal cancers, as well as colorence and endometrial cancers.
The USDA says there is “limited evidence that GMO foods pose a risk of birth defects or reproductive effects.”
But the World Cancer Research Fund says the evidence is not conclusive.
So don’t worry if you have a family member who has breast cancer.
But if you eat a lot of GMOs, be aware that some foods contain chemicals and GMOs may have adverse health effects.
And for more on GMOs and what you can do to protect yourself, check out this fact sheet.