Smith says, "GMOs are not safe and should never have been introduced. In fact, the scientists at the FDA had said over and over again that these products are different and risky and should be tested carefully. They said it could create allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems, but they were ignored in fact by the person in charge of policy, who was a former attorney to Monsanto, Michael Taylor, who was in charge of policy at the FDA, later Monsanto's vice president, and now the U.S. food safety czar. Monsanto, of course, is a big biotech company. So now the concerns by the FDA scientists have been validated. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says all doctors should prescribe non-GMO diets to everyone, citing animal feeding studies showing reproductive problems, accelerated aging, organ damage, gastrointestinal problems, and other problems."
According to Smith, five of the things that can go wrong when food crops are genetically engineered are as follows:
- The process itself can create massive collateral damage such as increasing carcinogens, antinutrients, toxins, and allergens.
- Harmful proteins can be produced, such as a protein that produces herbicide or a protein that protects the plant from herbicide but when fed to animals in tests produces, for example, immune responses or tissue damage.
- A protein when it's expressed in a new organism can be completely different; a harmless protein can be turned into a harmful one.
- More herbicide residues are built into the GM crops.
- Genes spliced to plants from bacteria can transfer to gut bacteria.