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Effects of genetically modified foods unknown

As the experts said, before any new chemical substance goes on sale it should be checked for possible hazards. «Of course that doesn’t happen,» Professor Howard told Kathimerini. «When factories started making these dangerous compounds, they certainly knew that their effect was cumulative. So they should have conducted experiments to see what damage they might cause. They didn’t. The same thing is happening now with genetically modified (GM) foods. Nobody knows what it means to introduce a new gene into somebody’s DNA by means of GM foods. The very least it can do is cause allergies. What they should have done was to find a group of volunteers – at least 3,000 of them – to eat that food for a year and then, maybe, they would have some idea of what it can cause. Have any of these companies done so? Of course not.»