I was sitting here this afternoon, looking over interesting articles I have clipped and filed over the course of this winter, trying to decide what I should write about when I came across an article published in the National Post January 25, entitled “Who’s Afraid of GMO’s? Don’t let the activists scare you: Genetically modified foods are safe to grow and eat,” by Alan McHughen. What struck me as interesting as I reviewed this article were the stats quoted, “in over 30 years of experience, according to authoritative sources such as the U.S. National Academies and the American Medical Association, there is not one documented case of harm to humans, animals or the environment from GM products.” What incredible stats for a technology that garners fear and social outrage around the globe!
According to Mr. McHughen, in a 2010 study of the impact of genetically engineered crops on farm sustainability in the United States it was concluded that genetic engineering technology has produced substantial net environmental and economic benefits compared with the use of non-GMO crops.
Unfortunately, the scare tactics used by some environmental activists and “junk science” advocates overshadows the scientific facts regarding GMO’s. Their skillful use of social media to rally people to fight against the evil forces (aka: big business) trying to kill the planet usually drowns out the efforts of legitimate science researchers and educators.
If you would like to read the original article in its entirety it is found in the Winter 2013 edition of C2C Journal (c2cjournal.ca).