Potential human health risks associated with consumption of genetically modified agricultural products
Petras, Sara Elizabeth
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Genetically modified agricultural products have an ever growing presence in the world and many consumers remain unconvinced of its safety. The European Union has taken extensive steps to legally control its use and consumption, while the American government has done comparatively little regarding regulation. Due to the fairly young nature of GMOs, few tests have been performed to accurately assess the safety on human health regarding consistent ingestion of GMO products. The regularly required 90-day, long term (up to 2 years) and multigenerational studies on animals concerning health safety are frequently funded by manufacturers of goods who look to benefit from sales and have been criticized as being bias by omitting or downplaying findings. Additionally, the studies completed have almost exclusively excluded humans, the actual focus of concern. This thesis analyzed the reviews by Snell and associates and Domingo and associates on various studies and considered the findings concluded in the Séralini trials. The results were looked at from both sides and pros and cons weighed unbiasedly. The testing potentials and limitations were also taken into account, concluding that at present not enough extensive studies have been performed to definitively determine the complete safety or subsequent risks of GMO consumption.