One of the hottest debates today among nutrition experts is about the increasing introduction of genetically modified crop foods to modern agricultural practices.
There are some who believe that these modified foods are just as safe as natural foods. On the other side of the debate are those who believe that genetically modified (GM) foods are harmful to human health and dangerous to the environment.
It may take a while before scientists and nutritionists reach a conclusion because long-term studies on the effects of these modified food crops are few. However, the first results of such long-term studies are coming in and the case against GM foods is getting stronger.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine strongly believes that GM foods pose serious health risks. This professional health organization support their argument against modified foods with the results of animal studies that show the dangers of GM foods.
Animal studies have demonstrated that GM foods can:
- Accelerate aging
- Cause infertility
- Disrupt the immune system
- Affect the regulation of insulin
- Cause organ failure
- Increase the risks of malignant tumors
In 2012, one French study into the long-term toxicity of GM maize highlighted the dangers of these designer foods and has renewed concern about them among scientists and in the public.
Before discussing this study, we need to understand what a genetically modified food is.