“New crops developed through artificial selection and mutagenesis are not studied to this extent because they do not face the same regulatory hurdles, even though they can create similar traits.”
The FDA has designated GM crops as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe”. As such, there are no regulatory hurdles beyond what non-GMO crops face (for better or worse).
If you studied the history of GM crops, you’d find that little to no research was conducted prior to releasing GM crops for human consumption. And that, in fact, there is at least one documented case where GMO very likely caused human death. In the late 1980’s a food supplement, L-tryptophan, was produced via GM bacteria. The supplement was cited for causing the death of 37 people and disabling many, many more. In more recent history, StarLink maize came under scrutiny when it made it’s way out of it’s use for animal food and into the human food supply. A spike of allergic reactions led to a shoddy investigation that was inconclusive, but revealed serious doubts in the safety of StarLink maize.
Further, there has been no in-depth study to evaluate the affect of GM food on the general population. And even if we wanted one, how could you conduct it since GM foods are un-labeled and people don’t know if and when they are consuming GM foods. Where would the control group come from?
As someone who studied hard sciences while obtaining my BSci, as well as spending a year in a laboratory conducting independent research, I understand the scientific method and how to read a scientific paper. I’m not convinced proper studies have been conducted regarding GMO and the affect of consuming them in our food. For this reason, I rather not risk it until research proves otherwise.
I remember when smoking was touted as safe — and even good for you too.