Anti-GMO Rhetoric is Junk Science
Updated: Oct 23, 2019
“Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence.”
I used to believe GMO’s were a freighting Pandora’s Box; a travesty on nature we could not possibly understand nor contain. I was intent on keeping the “Frankenfood” away from my family. After months of careful consideration and research, I have changed my mind. The scientific evidence pointing toward the safety of GMO’s is undeniable.
FACT 1: Over the last 30 years science has objectively shown GMO’s to be generally regarded as safe for human consumption. There is a stronger scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs than there is about the reality of climate change!
FACT 2: There is no credible scientific evidence showing GMO’s cause any harm to the humans who consume them.
FACT 3: GM technology has and is currently being used to develop and manufacture life-sustaining medicine.
FACT 4: Since 1994 there have been over 1700 peer reviewed safety studies on GMO crops and not one of them found them to be less risky than conventional crops.
Why are GMO’s being used at all? In traditional breeding, “plants often exchange large, unregulated chunks of their genomes. This can lead to both useful and unwanted traits in the offspring. Sometimes these unwanted traits can be unsafe.” GMO techniques are exacting and allow new traits to be surgically introduced without complications from extra genes, minimizing the inexact nature of multi-generational cross breeding. According to the journal Nature: “Some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yields, reduced costs for food or drug production, reduced need for pesticides, enhanced nutrient composition and food quality, resistance to pests and disease, greater food security, and medical benefits to the world’s growing population.”
GMO’s are a new scary technology with unforeseen consequences, right? Humans have been manipulating crops for thousands of years through selective breeding. Every plant and most of the animals we eat today has been changed by man. One hundred years ago it was next to near impossible to find a sweet apple…now because of cross-breeding (genetic modification) we are hard-pressed to find and apple that isn’t sweet. Virtually all the food crops we eat have been genetically modified in one way or another. Radiation or mutation breeding wherein seeds are exposed to chemicals or ionized radiation, producing random (and many times unpredictable) mutations is considered “conventional”. Unlike GMO’s, this process is not regulated. Furthermore, traditional breeding is nowhere near as exact as the GMO process. “With GMOs, we know the genetic information we are using, we know where it goes in the genome, and we can see if it is near an allergen or a toxin or if it is going to turn [another gene] off,” says Peggy G. Lemaux, a plant biologist at the University of California, Berkeley. “That is not true when you cross widely different varieties in traditional breeding.” Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently stated:
“I’m amazed how much rejection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public. It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don’t fully understand it or don’t fully know or embrace its consequences, and so, therefore, reject it.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a literature review covering 20 years of safety studies and found “overwhelming evidence” that using biotechnology to genetically modify crops “is less disruptive of crop composition compared with traditional breeding, which itself has a tremendous history of safety.”
Doesn’t the European Union ban the use of GMO’s? No. The EU requires all food that has .9% or more of GMOs to be labeled. Intense sociopolitical factors and economic concerns have informed this current policy. It is a way of protecting local European producers from cheap imports while still keeping within the letter of various trade agreements they are party to. “In order to ensure that Europe is immune to outside influences potentially implicating its food security, the EU must also ensure that Europe is not dependent on outside countries for seeds. Since the largest GMO providers, such as Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont, are international corporations from the United States and Switzerland, the adoption of GMOs presents a perceived risk to European food security by relying on foreign multinational corporations for input materials.” That being said, The European Commission in 2010 stated: “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.”
Why doesn’t the U.S. have mandatory labels for GMO’s? All 100% certified-organic products do not contain any GMOs (although there are a few small loopholes). Furthermore, there are thousands of other products certified “Non-GMO” by private labeling systems such as the “Non-GMO Project.” Barring these two scenarios, U.S. consumers should assume that virtually all unlabeled food products contain engineered ingredients. The USDA requires labels for nutritional content, ingredients, proven allergens, potentially dangerous contaminants, and contained pathogens. The rest, like the country of origin or Kosher, is voluntary. Government mandated food labeling should be undertaken in the interest of public health, not to serve an ideological agenda. A GMO label will act as a skull and crossbones to the scientifically illiterate and increase fear-mongering. Simply put, it will promote junk science and hysteria. GMO labels may not be directly harmful but they might indirectly encourage harmful pseudoscience beliefs and practices, like homeopathy, intelligent design, faith healing etc. UC Berkeley’s David Zilberman “worried that labeling laws might create a stigma effect” that will hinder future research into using GM foods to improve nutrition or help ameliorate the effects of climate change. A Cornell study concluded mandatory labeling will raise food costs across the board. We all have a choice to stay away from GMO foods, it’s called 100% Organic.
Science has been wrong before, why should we trust the science now? This is a fallacious argument favored by pseudoscience and conspiracy theorists. It is an example of a ‘continuum fallacy‘. Science is probabilistic (not absolutist) based on the evidence. Many scientific theories are neither right nor wrong, but merely provisional truths that describe the world as we know it and make predictions based on reproducible evidence. The same degree of “wrongness” is on a continuum but not equal. “Contrary to what many believe, neither rational inquirers nor scientists claim to know the absolute truth on matters. They claim to hold provisional truths: answers that are the best explanation for things at the present time.” Science has proved the most reliable method we know of for evaluating claims and figuring out how the universe works. Just because science is not perfect, should it not be trusted? There are very few laws in science but numerous accepted theories (like the theory of relativity) that we base entire practical systems on (see aeronautical physics/sending rockets into space). Ignoring the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating the safety of GMO’s is tantamount to believing that thunder is the sounds of gods bowling.
What are the advantages of GMO crops?
Pest & Weed Resistance – Nobody want to eat food treated with potentially harmful pesticides and herbicides (Roundup Ready Soy). Not to mention the run-off of agricultural wastes poisoning the ground water and surrounding environment. Growing GM foods can help eliminate the application of chemical pesticides and reduce the cost of bringing a crop to market….keeping prices down for the consumer.
Disease Resistance – Many crops and farmers’ livelihoods are destroyed by disease. GM plants have been created to fight off specific diseases and save crops from total failure.
Tolerance to Cold Temperatures and Drought Conditions – Crops can be genetically modified to be drought and cold-tolerant, or less reliant on fertilizer, opening up new areas to be farmed and leading to increased productivity. This is especially pressing issue, because of climate change.
Higher Yields and Quality – By 2050 there will be about 30% more people on this planet. We will have to find a way to produce more food on less acreage. Due to engineered pest, disease, weed, drought and cold resistance, GM crops show lots of promise in this area.
Prevention of Some Diseases, Malnutrition and Starvation– Golden Rice has been modified to contain beta-carotene (vitamin A), which millions of people in over 100 countries lack – causing widespread blindness and malnutrition and in juvenile death. Other crops with engineered vitamins/nutrients are in the pipeline.
There are many environmental issues that need activism. Protesting GMO’s isn’t one of them. I get it; we are all skeptical of big-agra and extra-national companies like Monsanto. Large companies have routinely lied to us and continue to do so in an effort to keep profits up. Don’t trust the companies, trust the science. Science has proven GMO’s to be safe and in many cases beneficial, improving and possibly saving the lives of many people. It seems reasonable they should be offered for public consumption. No one seems to have objections to GM organisms which provide the world with medicines like insulin, hormones for cancer treatments, antibiotics, etc. Yes, it may turn out that in some rare cases GMOs will cause harm (just as aspirin, spinach, and swimming do ….but we don’t ban these things). Don’t be paralyzed by the uncountable unknown unknowns or you might as well don your tin-foil hat and live in your parent’s basement. For the best unbiased scientific reporting about GMOs check out the multi-part (nuanced) series written by Nathanael Johnson in: Grist. Partial
Reference list of GMO safety studies:
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Chowdhury EH, Kuribara H, Hino A, Sultana P, Mikami O, Shimada N, Guruge KS, Saito M, Nakajima Y. Detection of corn intrinsic and recombinant DNA fragments and Cry1Ab protein in the gastrointestinal contents of pigs fed genetically modified corn Bt11. J Anim Sci. 2003 Oct;81(10):2546-51. PubMed PMID: 14552382. Impact Factor: 2.093.
Chowdhury EH, Mikami O, Murata H, Sultana P, Shimada N, Yoshioka M, Guruge KS, Yamamoto S, Miyazaki S, Yamanaka N, Nakajima Y. Fate of maize intrinsic and recombinant genes in calves fed genetically modified maize Bt11. J Food Prot. 2004 Feb;67(2):365-70. PubMed PMID: 14968971. Impact Factor: 1.832.
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