To the Editor:
Letter writer Dick Atlee answered some of my questions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But he says my references are decades old. Well, I wasn’t sure, as my source for these references, “The End of Doom,” by Ronald Bailey, was published in 2015, so I would have expected his/these references to be up to date.
Well, I have a another reference: Health News Today, published on Nov. 12, 2015, said: “The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Thursday said glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto weed killer Roundup, was unlikely to cause cancer in humans, and proposed a higher limit on the daily amount of residue of the popular weed killer that people can safely consume.”
The proposed limit on the maximum safe daily dose is .5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, about .23 milligrams per pound. Or as the article states, “a 175 pound person could safely eat food containing 40 milligrams of glyphosate per day for the rest of his or her life.”
So, while glyphosate is but one of a host of GMOs, the misunderstanding about these technical advances seems excessive. To quote from Bailey’s book:
“The attack on biotech-enhanced crops is one of the more egregiously dishonest activist campaigns. Every independent scientific organization that has evaluated modern biotech crops has found them safe to eat and safe for the environment. To repeat: No one has gotten so much as a cough, sniffle, sneeze or stomachache from eating foods made with ingredients from modern biotech crops.
“Among other benefits, biotech crops have reduced pesticide usage, boosted crop productivity and improved the incomes of farmers around the world.”
I’ll enjoy my GMOs with no worries.