CNN Health article ignores overwhelming scientific consensus on GMO safety: D-

CNN Health earns D- grade

CNN Health earns D-grade for GMO article

 Julie Taylor earns a D- for her CNN Health article published via upwave – “Turner Broadcasting’s new lifestyle brand designed to entertain the health into you!”  Taylor writes, “There is no consensus in the scientific community that GMOs are safe, says David Schubert at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies…” 

To read Taylor’s article which opens, “It seems like everyone is talking about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) these days….”  click here.

This article comes from the website unwave, a new Turner Corporation venture that proudly claims to provide “a distinctive opportunity for Turner to leverage our vast branding and content expertise to create business opportunities with advertisers and consumers in a high-growth, high-impact business segment”. In short, it’s slick deceptive internet advertising for the lucrative health and wellness industry, based on the unqualified, hopelessly unreliable writings of Jeffrey Smith and the opinions of the “American Academy of Environmental Medicine”. This latter organisation is absent from the list of regular medical specialties provided at the American Board of Medical Specialties.   

Images on the CNN website version of the article are accompanied by series of cleverly deceptive captions. For instance they mention some countries ban GM crops, but these are political decisions (in France as part of a deal to protect their energy industry). They did not involve a valid food safety argument.

Conclusion: Gossip and whispering about GMOs is not the basis of good health advice.

To read more about the overwhelming scientific, medical and regulatory consensus on the safety of GMO crops check out these links:

Genetic Literacy Project: With 2000+ global studies affirming safety, GM foods among most analyzed subjects in science

Biology Fortified Genera Project: GMO Studies with Independent Funding


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