UH Prof: 'GMO's Are Safe'

This is a response to Hector Valenzuela's community voice, entitled: "The Science Behind Hawaii Island Bill 113".

I disagree with Hector on this topic but I suspect we otherwise have much in common. However, he is arguing that we should fear GM food, and some of his statements need to be disputed.

He incorrectly says: “No scientific consensus exists about the safety of GM crops.”

Here is a graphic illustrating scientific consensus. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest (more than 125,000 members) and most prestigious scientific society, issued the following statement:

“The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe. The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.”

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