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The truth about GMOs: let’s debunk the most popular myths

The contents

Myth # 1: GM foods not safe

Myth # 2: GMO products don’t taste like natural

Myth # 3: all GMO foods carefully check

Myth No. 4: safety of GMOs only care about the West

Myth # 5: breeding more dangerous than genetic engineering

Myth # 6: GMOs are poison

Myth # 7: GMOs causes cancer, infertility and allergies

Increasingly, on the shelves of stores you can find genetically modified foods, which make people fear and even disgust. Non-GMO is impossible to imagine any one diet, even though we may not notice. While GMOs are a rather dubious reputation. What does that say about genetically modified foods is true and what is false? Describe the material.

Myth # 1: GM foods not safe

Genetically modified organism is a organism in which the genome has been modified through genetic engineering. Sign the GMO can be seen in many foods, both plant and animal origin. However, it should be remembered that all the products available in stores, regulate and control the Supervisory authority. All products, including GMOs, exploring in the laboratory. As for GMO products, in particular, closely monitors the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation. In addition, there are no studies confirming the danger of GMO products. And until proven otherwise, we can safely say that GMO is relatively safe.

Again, many argue that the food is non-GMO a hundredfold more useful. This is one of the most common myths. Are you serious? Why, in the autumn, when there is a time of gathering their crops and mushrooms, people bundles are treated in hospitals with severe poisoning. It is believed that you cooked up a much tastier and healthier. But think about it — is it really? Unfortunately, the rare man can be sure that his garden is growing safe vegetable. Especially over the past almost half a century, there was not a single negative and serious impact of GMOs on the human body.


Manufacturers of GMO products are interested in how to create not only beautiful products, but also healthy, tasty. Moreover, in their interest to make them as long as possible is not spoiled. Therefore, GMO you are unlikely to find malicious fungus, a strain of Escherichia coli and other causative agents of poisoning that have led to a hospital bed or even death.

Myth # 2: GMO products don’t taste like natural

The tastes of all people are different. Therefore, the fact that someone did not like some GM product doesn’t mean someone else will not love this. But in laboratory conditions it is possible not only to influence the shelf life and appearance of GM foods and their taste. Although it is not necessary to deny that genetically modified foods few lose intensity of flavors, but this does not mean that they are worse in this regard.

Myth # 3: all GMO foods carefully check

Proponents of GMOs often assert that the modified products are subject to careful analysis. But this is not true. Yes, their control, subjected to certification and registration, but not as tested, for example, drugs. Now in Russia there is no law that would have forced all manufacturers to test GM foods to ensure their safety.

Myth No. 4: safety of GMOs only care about the West

In Western countries, was adopted statutory prohibitions in the field of GMOs, hence was born the myth. However, do not think that if we do not have any restrictions at the legislative level in Russia, and the security don’t care. For comparison, in the United States, China and India, GM foods are substantially the same Protocol of preparation for the sales.

Myth # 5: breeding more dangerous than genetic engineering

It is believed that genetic engineering is far safer than breeding. Crossing and mutation for many years are ways to develop new products. However, the selection is quite unpredictable method. But this does not mean that laboratory inoculated organisms will be better and will not affect the body and health.

Myth # 6: GMOs are poison

GMO is a gene that does not correspond to the natural DNA of the product, but imparted to him. Therefore, the view that GMOs are cyanide, is another common myth. For clarity — the tomatoes, not resistant to frosts, plant frost resistance. And so with all the qualities that scientists want to make perfect products.

Myth # 7: GMOs causes cancer, infertility and allergies

What myths did not come up with people, opponents of GMOs. One of the most common misconceptions of GMOs causing cancer, infertility and allergic reactions. However, there is no research that proved the link between these diseases and GMOs. But with allergies it’s simple — if you have had an Allergy to tomatoes, even GMO tomatoes it will remain. If you suddenly found yourself such a reaction, it is probably a normal product it will be. If we are to create a tomato without the protein that is causing your allergies, then the likelihood is that there will be reaction, is extremely small.