Bear with me, I’m writing this slightly tipsy.
With that said, let’s get right into it. GMOs are not that bad. They will not give you cancer. They do not cause cancerous tumors in rats.
That’s actually a good point: many GMO activists point to “scientific” studies that show GMOs causing tumors in rats. This is rooted in the infamous Seralini paper, which was actually revoked. Recently, it was republished in a different paper – without peer reviews. What that means is that the study has not been analyzed by other scientists. AKA, it could be (and is) a fallacious study but no one has pointed it out.
From the Genetic Literacy Project:
“The paper identified tumors in rats that were fed GMOs and/or the herbicide glyphosate longterm. But the strain of rat used was predisposed to tumors. The paper did not perform statistical analyses and used too few rats, so it was not possible to determine if the tumors were due to the food, the chemical or to the fact that the strain of rats would get tumors regardless of what they were fed. Finally, the findings from Seralini’s paper are contrary to other long-term feeding studies.”
What are GMOs? “The term is generally used for food that has had its genes changed using biotechnology. Using genetic modification, scientists are able to produce new varieties of plants with certain qualities, such as being more resistant to viruses or pesticides,” as defined by Authority Nutrition
So basically, genetic modifications are done, for the most part, to resist herbicides. When you think about it, crop production is monstrously large because of all the motherfuckers on this planet we have to feed. Without herbicides and pesticides, a good chunk of those crops would die. Farmers have to use them so they can continue to grow crops. GMOs were created so that the crops could withstand the herbicides and pesticides.
Whether herbicides such as glyphosphate or pesticides are harmful to humans is still in question. However, you can wash off the majority of it before consuming. In fact, you should.
If you’d like to read more on the topic, refer to the above links. Harvard also has some good information on the topic.