Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger

FILE - In this April 16, 2013, file photo, a customer shops for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, Vt. Companies would not have to disclose whether their food products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A major scientific advisory board has declared that genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concludes that tinkering with the genetic instructions of what we eat doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” monster some opponents claim. Nor is it feeding with the world with substantially increased yields, as proponents promised.

The report says with the line between engineered and natural foods blurring, thanks to newer techniques such as gene editing, regulators need to make their safety focus more on the end-product of the food that’s made rather than the nuts and bolts of how it’s made.

The report’s authors said labels aren’t needed for food safety reasons but could be justified for other reasons, much like made-in-America stickers.

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