Pseudoscience Dictionary: GMO Dangers
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Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).
Definition: A Genetically Modified Organism is an organism whose genome has been engineered in the laboratory in order to favor the expression of desired physiological traits or the generation of desired biological products. Some examples are drought resistant plants as well as plants that repel insects. GMO Dangers refers to the belief that Genetically Modified Organisms (Food) is harmful to a person’s health. Some claims include that they cause cancer, promote kidney disease, and generally cause a person to be unhealthy.
Reasoning: According to Cornell’s Alliance for Science the “GMO Safety Debate is over.” They cite research from the National Academies of Sciences that indicates after examining hundreds of scientific papers written on the subject, sat through hours of live testimony from activists and considered hundreds more comments from the general public, the scientists wrote that they “found no substantiated evidence that foods from GE crops were less safe than foods from non-GE crops.” Further, according to research from Harvard University “GMOs have been found to exhibit no toxicity, in one generation or across many.” Finally, according to the World Health Organization “No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of GM foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.”
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Conclusion: There is currently no evidence to show that GMOs are harmful in either the short or longterm.