@reece If organic food is labeled, then so should GMOs be. My country is in the EU, and here, GMOs are required to be labeled. I don't see why it should be hidden that the foods are GMOs? GMOs have only been in our diet since the mid-'90s, so it's difficult to know what the long-term health impacts truly are. What we do know is that when genetic modification happens, genes are forced to express certain traits (including pesticides). To do this, the scientists “turn on” all the gene's components, which can mean releasing allergens that would normally not be expressed in a non-GMO variety. Experts like Jeffrey Smith suggest this is directly related to the rise in health issues. They use a heavy use of toxic pesticides and herbicides. The main function of herbicides and pesticides is to kill unwanted plants and insects. Glyphosate—the most common herbicide used on GMO crops—has been shown to negatively impact the gut bacteria of humans. Both pesticides and GMOs have been connected with an increased risk of certain types of cancer. There are additional health concerns too including reproductive issues, autism and even heart disease. Anyways, that's just a summary.
@foxxhajti You went straight from GM plants releasing pesticides to artificial pesticides being sprayed on them. Are you sure you know what you're talking about? Especially with what you said about all genes being turned on.
I want to try to be the mediator here. The major health risks allegedly associated with GMOs are simply unproven. This is not to say GMOs are necessarily good. There are minor risks associated with them, mainly in the form of allergy issues, however, these are only minor risks. The real concern should be on ethical implications, environmental issues (like pesticide resistance, something even the FDA acknowledges), the lack of independent testing and the use of certain pesticides associated with GMOs like roundup. The problem with one of the most used GMO's, Roundup ready products, is not necessarily with the GMO, its RoundUp, which is harming biodiversity and is considered a carcinogen by the WHO.
Then there is the problem with biodiversity related to GMOs themselves, but that is more complex, however it is a concern held by the UNFAO.