Many have wondered for years when a long-term study on the safety of genetically modified foods (GMOs) would be launched (and not funded by a biotech company with an agenda), and it’s finally happening!
As the Global Free Coalition reports, the World’s Largest GMO and Pesticide Safety study was finally launched by Factor GMO in London, UK last November. In fact, it is the Global GMO Free Coalition that plans to help fund this largest GMO safety study to date – something we’re sure everyone will agree should have been done long before genetically engineered foods were released into the environment.
Called Factor GMO, this study will include three important aspects of measurement to decide if GMOs are truly safe: carcinogenicity, toxicity, and multi-generational outcomes. Being three important ways of researching genetically engineered (GE) crops, the outcomes will help experts to determine if Roundup Ready GM maize and other GM crops grown with glyphosate herbicide are truly safe for public and animal consumption.
(But really, with the WHO labeling glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic,” we’re not holding our breath that the results will rule in Monsanto’s favor.)
While there have been solitary studies showing that glyphosate is indeed linked with health concerns like neurological degeneration and birth defects, the United States still has yet to do anything about it.
On the plus side, however, Sri Lanka and Bermuda have both banned the herbicide, and many other countries are expected to follow suit.
The Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) also urges governments and regulatory agencies worldwide to use the precautionary principle regarding GM crops and Roundup until a more complete picture about the ramifications of their use can be determined through this study.
The length of this study is expected to take three years to complete due to all the necessary toxicity tests.
Once the truth is revealed, big change will no doubt be implemented worldwide. If the results are ignored, consumers will no longer be able to deny they are being lied to. And if the results show what the WHO has suspected, Monsanto will be losing more than credibility, their profits will substantially diminish.
And perhaps the best news? When Factor GMO was raising funds to conduct the study last November, it would accept only funds from all sources except the biotech industry. Such is the only way it can keep the results from being tarnished by conflicting interests. Their fundraising campaign recently ended this April 2015, and a follow-up will be shared soon.
In summary, this will be the FIRST long-term study testing the safety of genetically modified foods properly carried out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We eagerly await the results.
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