Gnetically modified foods will be good for health.    Recent Report

    Debate surrounding the use of genetically modified crops should be based on an assessment of all risks and benefits that can be measured, including environmental impacts, livestock impacts, and potential human health threats. Available data show that Bt transformation of corn hybrids enhances the safety of the grain for livestock feed by reducing its vulnerability to mycotoxin-producing fungi. These mycotoxins also are likely to be detrimental to human health, so the lower concentrations of mycotoxins in Bt corn potentially have implications for food safety. Lower mycotoxin concentrations represent a clear benefit to consumers of Bt grain, whether the intended use is for livestock or human foods. Consumers and regulatory agencies should consider these factors in decisions regarding Bt corn use.

When conventional hybrids were subjected to high populations of European corn borers, Fusarium ear rot severity and fumonisin concentrations became elevated, often to levels considered unsafe for swine and horses. Levels considered safe for horses and swine are <5 ppm and <10 ppm, respectively. Safe fumonisin levels for humans are unknown (Munkvold and Desjardins, 1997).

This is abstracted from

Recent Report on this subject (2000/5/1)

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