GMO: Going Against the Evidence

While the Congress of Costa Rica is preparing to vote on a four year moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops, the scientific evidence that they pose no risk to animal or human health is increasing.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


The article published in by Keilor Rojas reports on a study carried out by geneticists at the University of California-Davis that based on "... animal feed data from 1983, about 13 years before the introduction of GM crops, until 2011, " it has been concluded that" ... the performance and health of animals fed on GM crops does not differ from animals fed on non-GM crops."

Meanwhile, at the time the vote on the draft to a four-year ban GM cultivation in Costa Rica, environmental organizations are meeting to witness the debate and the safe approval of the project, in an exercise where a general hubbub replaces rational analysis of the subject.

The study published by the University of California-le Davis "... covered information on over 100,000 million head of cattle, forming a giant clinical trial whose conclusions are robust. The results are consistent with a number of recent studies which indicate that feeding GM crop varieties to other animal species such as sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, buffalo, rabbits and fish gave comparable results to those obtained from animals by fed with non-transgenic lines.

The abundant information indicates that concentrates derived from genetically modified crops are as safe and nutritious as those generated from non-GM crops, so there seems to be no risk to animal health and even less probability of risk to human health."

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Nobel Laureates Say Yes to GM Foods

July 2016

A 'crime against humanity' is how 109 Nobel prize winners describe Greenpeace's stance against the production of genetically modified foods.

A group of Nobel laureates in various disciplines, referred to the need to produce food to feed the world's growing population, describing the environmental organization Greenpeace's opposition to the practice of precision agriculture as 'criminal'.

Costa Rica Not Banning GM Crops

February 2015

The Agricultural Affairs Committee in the Legislative Assembly has rejected a bill which sought to impose a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified foods.

Lack of certainty and scientific consensus on the risk of the release and cultivation of GMOs were key to the decision.

Advances in GM Crops in Europe

February 2014

The abstention of countries such as Germany and Belgium in voting against the cultivation of genetically modified corn marks a before and after period for the use of genetically modified foods.

The EU is going to authorize the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize TC1507 belonging to the U.S. group Pioneer, said the European Commission.

No to GM Crops in Costa Rica

October 2013

A bill is being promoted in the Legislative Assembly which would ban the cultivation of GM products and order the non-renewal of the permits which have already been granted.  

The project which is seeking an indefinite moratorium on such crops is being driven by members of the Acción Ciudadana Party (PAC by its initials in Spanish) and Frente Amplio Party.

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