Best Food Facts recently received a comment on YouTube stating, "The worry is that there are no external differences between GM corn and non-GM corn. The problem lies within. The GM corn has been developed to produce its own pesticide, and often the crops are registered as pesticides. This cannot be washed off as they are genetically engineered to make the toxins internally. This means that target pests eat any part of the plant and die as their guts split open. Since the introduction of GM foods the incidence of allergies in children has skyrocketed."
To reply, Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Carl Winter, Associate Director, FoodSafe Program, Extension Food Toxicologist, University of California - Davis.
Dr. Carl Winter
Dr. Carl Winter: "The pesticide in question is the BT toxin, which is a naturally produced bacterial toxin of the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. It has been used in agriculture for decades and is frequently used for organic food production as it is on the list of substances approved by the National Organics Standards Board. It has been studied extensively for toxicity and has not been associated with any human health effects.”
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View our five-part video series focused on genetically modified food:
Are GMOs Safe?
Are GMOs Harmful to the Environment?
Are GM Foods Nutritionally Different?