Reports indicate that use of some sorts of genetically modified foods may cause death. To illustrate, a number of Americans died and thousands of others sustained serious health issues by a genetically modified food supplement called L-tryptophan in 1989; this food supplement created a debilitating ailment named Eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS) (“50 harmful effects”). Regulators point out that some of the GM foods are still sold without proper safety tests and this adverse practice may lead to severe complications. In addition, scientists report that animals used in the lab tests of GM foods die prematurely. However, recent developments in the agriculture biotechnology promise that it is possible to develop GM foods containing sufficient levels of nutrition.
Researchers argue that eating genetically modified foods may result in cancer. The risk of stomach and colon cancers is increased by GM foods that contain a cauliflower virus. According to one argument, “it is possible GM DNA could affect stomach and colonic lining by causing a growth factor effect with the unproven possibility of hastening cancer formation in those organs”. (“GM food can cause cancer”). And people who reside near GM crop farms are highly vulnerable to cancer as they are most likely to be affected by GM contaminated food and water. Many other studies reflect that GM foods have the capability to stimulate cancerous cell growth. However, well tested GM foods can provide benefits including herbicide tolerance and cold tolerance. Furthermore, GM foods discourage the use of toxic chemicals as it can be resistant to pests.
Allergenicity is one of the potential risks of genetically modified crops to human health. According to reports, many children in the United States and European countries have developed dreadful allergic reactions to peanuts and other genetically modified foods. As Whiteman states, when introducing a new gene into a plant,