The purpose for altering the crops is to allegedly to create edible produce that is herbicide tolerant and/or insect resistant. The Insect resistant crops contain a bacteria that has a protein that is TOXIC to specific insects.
So if it is toxic to specific ORGANISMS, can it also be toxic to those who ingest the products?
SOURCE: USDA ERS
With the increase in food allergies what is being done to determine whether GE products, additives and/or preservatives are not the causes of the excessive increase?
A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that visits to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital Boston for allergic reactions more than doubled from 2001 to 2006. Although this is just one hospital, the findings reflect a rise in food allergies seen in national reports, said Dr. Susan Rudders, lead author and pediatric allergist-immunologist in Providence, Rhode Island.
The jury is still out on whether or not these engineered elements are also causing a spike in the rate of cancers among Americans.