02 March 2018 - Who Made This Statement

Let’s begin by playing the game ‘Who Made This Statement?’..… "GMO foods are perfectly healthy.”

The person making this statement - Bill Gates. In a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ thread recently, Gates said that not only does he view genetically modified foods as "perfectly healthy," but that he sees them as a promising tool in a wider array of resources in the fight to reduce world hunger.

Bill Gates continued….."GMO foods are perfectly healthy and the technique has the possibility to reduce starvation and malnutrition when it is reviewed in the right way," Gates wrote. "I don't stay away from non-GMO foods but it is disappointing that people view it as better."

Let me share some other thoughts that were contained in the story that came across my Reuters News Service computer a few days ago. Gates' stance is in line with that of most scientists who study the topic.

In recent years, companies have submitted more than 43,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, an organization that certifies products that don't contain genetically modified ingredients. And sales of such products are skyrocketing - today, they represent more than $22 billion in yearly sales.

Organizations like the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the European Commission have publicly said genetically modified foods are safe to eat. A large 2013 study on GMOs found no "significant hazards directly connected with the use of genetically engineered crops."

And nearly all the food we eat today has been genetically modified in some way. Dozens of crops, from corn to watermelon, have been selectively bred for thousands of years to give us the traits we find desirable. Many other products; some of them life-saving; might not exist without genetically modified ingredients. Insulin, the medication that people with diabetes depend on to regulate their blood sugar, is made with such ingredients, while the cotton used to make the shirt you're wearing was most likely genetically modified.

I fully agree with the thoughts put forward by Bill Gates in the Reddit “Ask Me Anything” column.
I close with a thought I have shared before - Until I see a death certificate with the cause of death listed as “consuming GMO foods” I will continue to support science.

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