Rumors of genetically modified foods have been broken down, such as genetically modified foods. Modern science has not found a case of integrating genetic material into the human body through food transmission, and the effect of eating genetically modified food on future generations is completely alarmist. Human consumption of plant and animal food has tens of thousands of years of history, the natural foods also contain a variety of genes, from a biological standpoint, the exogenous gene of the genetically modified food and ordinary food contains genes, digestion and absorption by human body, eating genetically modified (gm) food is unlikely to change human genetic traits.
Ten big rumors about gm.
Myth no. 1: americans don’t eat genetically modified food. They sell it to Chinese people.
More than 75 percent of the food in the U.S. market contains genetically modified ingredients.
The United States is a major research and development country of transgenic technology and a major producer and consumer of gm food. According to incomplete statistics, the domestic production and sale of genetically modified soybeans, corn, canola, papaya and tomato plant sources of more than 3000 kinds and brands of genetically modified food, coupled with rennet genetically engineered microorganisms such as sources of food, more than 5000 kinds.
Myth 2: genetically modified soybeans destroy Argentine agriculture.
Argentina is not “a country that has been destroyed by gm”. Argentina’s use of gm technology to make it a global agricultural exporter has brought real benefits to farmers.
Argentina is one of the world’s first major countries to adopt gm crops. In 2016, Argentina remained the third-largest producer of genetically modified crops in the world, after the United States and Brazil, accounting for 13 percent of the global crop. The country has planted 23.82 million hectares of genetically modified crops, including 18.7 million hectares of genetically modified soybeans, 4.74 million hectares of genetically modified corn and 380,000 hectares of genetically modified cotton.
Myth 3: transgenic causes guangxi university students to infertility.
The infertility in guangxi university has nothing to do with gm.
The guangxi college students’ abnormal semen is said, by the # $affiliated hospital of guangxi medical university on the basis of investigation and study of the proposed the guangxi college students sexual health survey report, the researchers in a report did not mention a sperm abnormalities associated with gm’s point of view, it lists the environmental pollution, long time to get to the Internet and other unhealthy living habits and other factors.
Myth 4: genetically modified mice are reduced, and sow abortion.
On September 21, 2010, the international herald leader reported that “the planting of ‘first jade 335’ maize in shanxi and jilin provinces has resulted in the reduction of mice and the abortion of female pigs.” The ministry of science and technology and the ministry of agriculture organize various experts from different departments to conduct field trips. According to the investigation, the “first jade 335” is not a genetically modified variety. In shanxi, jilin and other places, there is no gm maize, and the phenomenon of mice reducing and female pigs abortion is not related to gm, which is a false report. The report of the international herald Tribune was named by the Beijing news as “the top ten scientific rumours of 2010”.
Myth 5: genetically modified foods affect future generations.
Modern science has not found a case of integrating genetic material into the human body through food transmission, and the effect of eating genetically modified food on future generations is completely alarmist.
Human consumption of plant and animal food has tens of thousands of years of history, the natural foods also contain a variety of genes, from a biological standpoint, the exogenous gene of the genetically modified food and ordinary food contains genes, digestion and absorption by human body, eating genetically modified (gm) food is unlikely to change human genetic traits. As a matter of fact, any kind of people often eat even the #! Traditional animal and plant food, contain tens of thousands of genes, not may also have no need to worry about food comes from animals, plants, microorganisms will change people’s genes and genetic to future generations.
Myth no. 6: cherry tomatoes, purple sweet potato, color pepper and so on are all genetically modified varieties.
Currently, cherry tomatoes, purple sweet potato and color pepper are not genetically modified varieties in our country.
Plants are the precious wealth endowed by nature, and the cultivation and domestication of wild plants in the long-term farming practices have formed a rich crop type. All cherry tomatoes, purple sweet potato and color pepper in our market are natural evolution and artificial selection.
Transgenic products can be divided into two categories: one is the genetically modified insect-resistant cotton and the genetically modified anti-virus papaya which is grown and produced in China. The other is genetically modified soybean, gm corn, transgenic rape, gm beet and transgenic cotton imported from abroad, mainly used as raw materials.
Myth 7: genetically modified foods can cause cancer and cause infertility.
It is safe to approve a listed gm product through scientific evaluation.
In order to ensure the security of transgenic products, international codex alimentarius commission, the United Nations food and agriculture organization (fao), the world health organization has established a series of genetically modified organisms safety evaluation standard, become the world’s recognized evaluation criteria. According to these evaluation criteria, countries have formulated corresponding evaluation norms and standards. According to scientific research, many international professional institutions have established authoritative conclusions about the safety of genetically modified products, and it is safe to approve the listed gm products. From the perspective of production and consumption practices, the commercialization of gm crops in the past 20 years has accumulated over 30 billion mu, and so far no confirmed gm food safety incidents have been found. As a result, genetically modified products that have been safely evaluated by scientists and approved by the government are safe.
Myth no. 8: insect-resistant gm crops can kill and are equally harmful to humans.
In fact, insect-resistant gm crops are harmless to humans.
Insect-resistant transgenic crops of Bt protein is a highly specific insecticidal proteins, only with cotton bollworm lepidoptera pests such as intestinal epithelial cells of specific receptors, causing intestinal perforation, killing pests, and other insects, mammals and human intestinal cells without Bt protein binding sites, so as not to cause harm to other insects and mammals, more will not affect human health.
In addition, Bt protein has been found for 100 years, and Bt preparations have been used as a bioinsecticide for more than 70 years. There are no reports of any allergic reactions caused by Bt preparations.
Myth no. 9: genetically modified crops do not increase production and have no effect on production.
The yield effect of gm crops is objective. Broad commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops are not at the present stage to production for direct purpose, have a higher yield and other more excellent features of genetically modified (gm) crops, is the direction of the research and development of the next generation of genetically modified (gm) crops.
On agricultural production is affected by many factors, genetically modified insect resistance, herbicide resistance varieties can reduce insect pests and weeds, reducing the loss of production, speed up the reduced tillage, no-till planting technology promotion, played the production actual effect. The production of genetically modified soybeans in Brazil, Argentina and other countries has greatly increased. After South Africa promoted the planting of genetically modified insect-resistant maize, it doubled its yield and turned from a corn importer to an exporter. After India introduced transgenic insect-resistant cotton, it was also transformed from a cotton importer into an exporter.
Myth 10: planting genetically modified herbicide crops will produce “superweeds”
Genetically modified herbicide resistant crops will not become uncontrollable “super weeds”.In 1995, an individual rape plant was found to be resistant to 1-3 herbicides in Canada’s rape field, so it was called a “super weed”. In fact, this rape can be completely killed by spraying another herbicide, 2, 4-d. In fact, “superweeds” are just a figurative metaphor, and there is no evidence that “super weeds” exist.