Major science group weighs in on safety of genetically modified foods – CBS News

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded Tuesday that tinkering with the genetics of what we eat — adding a gene from another species — doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” monster some opponents claim it does. But it isn’t feeding the world with substantially increased yields, as proponents predicted.

The authors conclude that there’s “no substantiated evidence that foods from GE [genetically engineered] crops were less safe than foods from non-GE crops,” and that regulators need to make their safety focus more on the end-product of the food that’s made rather than the nuts and bolts of how it’s made.


Source: Major science group weighs in on safety of genetically modified foods – CBS News

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com

The promises made regarding genetic modification of crops was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.

The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat. Extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.

Continue reading … Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com

‘Fat but fit’ a gross exaggeration, says new study

Medical | UIG | Getty Images Man measures waist with measuring tape

Medical research has previously suggested that obesity can have little impact on a person’s chances of contracting various harmful diseases if they are otherwise medically healthy. However, the latest research, which tracked obese but “metabolically healthy” people, found that they continued to be at higher risk of developing diabetes and heart-related diseases later in life.

Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, who led the research, said the new research indicates that health professionals need to change their approach to obesity cases.”This is the largest prospective study of the association between metabolically health obesity and cardiovascular disease events.

Continue reading: ‘Fat but fit’ a gross exaggeration, says new study

Is Sugar Making You Stupid?

Is Sugar Killing Your Brain?
Lab studies suggest it can actually make you less smart.

Foods that appear to be nutritious could actually be destroying your brainpower. The culprit? A common ingredient slipped into many “healthy” foods, including baby food, applesauce, and oatmeal. Researchers at UCLA found that ingesting foods and drinks containing fructose, a component of the ingredient high-fructose corn syrup and sugar, for just six weeks caused troubling changes in brain function. “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” says Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, PhD, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology at UCLA. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”

Continue Reading …

Translate »