May 17, 2016

Report: GE Crops Safe as Conventional for People, Environment

Top Story  |   |  By: Alison Rice

That huge thud you heard Tuesday morning was the sound of the National Academies of Sciences weighing in on GMOs. And the news is good for supporters of the technology.

According to the Academies' report, there is "no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it find conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops.”

Given the ongoing political skirmishes over labeling of genetically modified foods, the findings are sure to inspire discussion on the complicated topic.

Here are some of the report's key conclusions:

  • GE crops provide flexibility, but no yield increase.
  • GE foods are as safe to eat as conventional foods.
  • GE crops do not cause environmental problems.