My all-in pursuit of health and longevity through plant-based nutrition has caused me to do more reading about genetically modified foods, known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I confess to being a neophyte in agricultural research. And, I would guess that many people who are leery of GMO foods are skeptical because it is an unknown, rather than being aware of the growing heap of data that shows GMOs to be harmful to the food supply, the environment, and ultimately, human health.
This paper, cited below, from the Non-GMO project, written in July of 2015, draws attention to the failings of GMO products and describes some of the realities, rather than the panaceas that GMOs, purportedly, can create.
The paper is informative, quite detailed, and resourced with 163 listed references that can also be tapped for further research for those who want to plunge more deeply into the subject.
This quote, reason #10 on the list, is, perhaps, the barest of the conclusions, revealing what all of the fuss is about:
10. GM CROPS ARE NOT ABOUT FEEDING THE WORLD BUT ABOUT PATENTED OWNERSHIP OF THE FOOD SUPPLY
This is why GMOs, as well as food policy in general, are issues that should concern all people who eat, which pretty much means “everyone”, right?
Here is an informative FAQ on GMOs and the Non-GMO project,