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Concerns about use of GMO crops Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Regarding the article, “Challenges to feeding, thinking about the hungry” (November 20 issue, Catholic Herald),  the topic of world hunger is important and deserves more attention; however, this article implies that GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops may provide healthier food products.

There is no scientific evidence that GMO crops are healthier. The opposite is likely true.

These products were introduced into the U.S. food supply in 1995 without long-term testing. They require the application of increased levels of agrochemicals for growth.

Their effects on human health are unknown and not monitored. The DNA that is inserted into GMO seeds is bacterial in origin and confers resistance to agrochemicals such as glyphosate, which has been linked with numerous diseases, including autism. Long-term consumption of GMO food by rats causes tumors, organ damage, hormone disturbances, and premature death.

The Faith, Food, & Environment symposium that is referenced in the article was co-sponsored by several Catholic organizations, including the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Their president Cardinal Turkson has spoken about the need for responsible ethics in the use of biotechnology and has backed food labeling for GMO products.

Food insecurity is a significant problem, but the answer is not GMO crops.

Cara Westmark, Fitchburg

 
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