Why we don’t test GMOs like pharmaceuticals

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A very common question or criticism of GMOs is that they are not properly tested, particularly on humans. . . .

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. . .“[W]hy don’t we do clinical trials on GMOs the same way we do for drugs?” Drugs are designed to cause a change in the human body. . . Since drugs are altering something in humans, it’s important to know the side-effects. . . and whether or not they’re causing the anticipated effect . . . In contrast, GMOs are designed to be equivalent to their non-GE counterparts. . . GE crops which ARE designed to impact human health, such as vitamin-A enriched rice, should be tested in humans to determine if the desired outcome is achieved. . . .

Another reason why GMOs aren’t tested on humans is that there’s no plausible mechanism for harm.

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This isn’t a cop-out. If we’re looking for a harmful effect but don’t know what it is because we don’t have a reasonable mechanism whereby harm may occur, how can you design the experiment? What variables will you measure? . . . .

. . . [W]hat is exclusive or unique about GMOs that merits such rigorous testing, yet excludes other crop modification techniques?

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