It is a polarizing issue with critics and supporters both claiming the other side isn’t giving the public the whole story. So, a new study on Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO’s, will no doubt become the latest lightning rod in this long-running health debate. The report, just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, claims GMO’s are safe to eat.
Genetically modified crops on the market are not only safe, but appear to be good for people and the environment, experts determined in a report released Tuesday.
But the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are not just asking people to take their word for it. They’re putting the evidence up on a website so skeptics — and they know there are plenty of them — can check for themselves.
Some of those “skeptics” have already blasted the report. According to a story on the National Public Radio (NPR) website, “Even before this report came out, an anti-GMO group called Food & Water Watch attacked it. The group accused some members of the committee that prepared the report of receiving research funding from biotech companies, or having other ties to the industry.
“The makeup of the panel is pretty clear. People are coming in with a perspective that is pro-genetically engineered crop,” says Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food & Water Watch.
The GMO debate has long been contentious and this new research is unlikely to change that in the minds of many. Time Magazine put together a short video on the results of this latest report. Click here or on the picture below to watch it.
According to a recent poll, nearly 90 percent of Americans said they support the labeling of GMO foods. Do you think this new study will change the way people think about GMO’s? We’d love to hear what you have to say, because we believe generating conversations around important health issues is critical to our long term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!