A new report by the National Academies of Sciences released Tuesday concludes that genetically modified organisms cause no more health problems for people than other foods. Specifically, the report says there is “no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered crops and conventionally bred crops.”
The 388-page report comes as lawmakers are still attempting to reach a compromise in the U.S. Senate to create a national standard for GMO labeling before Vermont’s mandatory labeling law starts in July. While members of the Senate Agriculture Committee are working out a compromise, the details have yet to be made public.
The Senate failed to move forward on a voluntary labeling bill earlier this year. Among other things within Tuesday’s report, the researchers say the study found no evidence that the adoption of genetically engineered crops in the U.S. has increased the rate at which crop yields are rising. The report also found no conclusive evidence of relationships between genetically modified crops and environmental problems.
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