Genetically Modified Organisms Remain A Controversial Subject

1579 Words Apr 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Genetically modified organisms remain a controversial subject, due to the belief that there is not enough information known about them. However, there have been many studies conducted on the growth and success of GMOs. Specifically, a research group, GRACE, currently investigates which methods are most beneficial for assessing GMOs. They did many studies, sponsored by the European Commission, and two of these studies included a 90 day and 1 year feeding trial (“EU Research” 1). In the 90 day feeding trial, rats were given two different kinds of maize. At the conclusion of the feeding trial, there were no negative effects found from eating the GMO-maize as opposed to the non-GMO maize. The European Commission made it regulation for GMOs to go through this feeding trial before being introduced to the public (“EU Research” 1). Along with GRACE, there have been over 2,000 other research groups providing research to GMO safety, and finding no unusual effects to humans or animals. One of the longest and biggest studies conducted on the testing of GMOs was conducted by Alison Van Eenennaam. Published in the Journal of American Science, Eenennaam and her colleague Amy E. Young tracked 29 years of livestock, both before and after the introduction of genetically modified crops into their diets. The investigation included more than 100 billion animals (Entine 1). The research began in 1996, when the livestock was fed completely non-GMO animal feed, and ran for 25 years, when the…

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