Food modifiers put profits before safety of consumers
Chas Bonner's column in the April 2 Business Insider on genetically modified food was not enlightening.
Gene splicing may have started in the 1940s and continues to this day. He neglects to mention that cross-species gene splicing in GMO food includes components of mammal genes. This has never happened in the history of this planet. Only in recent years has it been able to be done with modern scientific methods.
And it is common. All of the major cereal manufacturers in the U.S. use this type of grain. The problem? There have never been any checks on the safety of the product to the consumer. Monsanto has done tests, and they have never released the results. The last test I read was one where the results were inconclusive because of a too-small sample base, but there was an increase in cancers in the results. The Food and Drug Administration considers them safe and will not do tests because ... ?
In other words, no substantial tests have been done on the products. The people become the experiment. This is neither sane nor safe. But it's standard practice in the U.S., where it is profits before people.
DARYL PULLEN, Boise