Regarding GMO or GE Foods, Lawrence Kushi, associate director and nutritional epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. said, “Part of the problem from an epidemiological perspective is that it’s difficult to actually study this question because people don’t know whether they’ve actually consumed [GMOs].” http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/104/7/498.full
Next this article states, “He said a recent report indicating GMOs may lead to cancer in rats has been discredited by the scientific community.” This is false, not only was the study published in a peer reviewed journal, hundreds of scientists have wrote in support of it. http://gmoseralini.org/introduction-to-scientists-support-seralini/ http://independentsciencenews.org/health/seralini-and-science-nk603-rat-study-roundup
What is also being ignored is that more than half of the few relevant long term studies(using GE foods people consume, relevant health parameters and mammals as subjects) suggest some negative effects of the mammals fed GE foods. The article next states, “I encourage people to be skeptical, but these companies don’t have to assure consumers that these products are safe,” he said. “We have safety assessments coming from FDA” This is inaccurate. The FDA specifically states, “FDA established an informal process by which firms can inform the Agency that they have completed a food or feed safety assessment.”http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Testimony/ucm112927.htm As well as, “Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.” http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/Biotechnology/ucm096095.htm
Hundreds of scientists in a UN report have stated, “The concepts and techniques used for evaluating food and feed safety have been outlined (WHO, 2005b), but the approval process of GM crops is considered inadequate (Spök et al., 2004).
Under current practice, data are provided by the companies owning the genetic materials, making independent verification difficult or impossible.”
Biotech Crops’ Seal of Safety Does Not Convince Skeptics