A 388-page report, the result of two years of research by 50 scientists has found that genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO) are safe to eat and pose no health risks. The study specifically refers to cotton, soybeans, corn, sugar beets and canola.

The final sentence of the article wraps it perfectly: “It’s an emotional issue, it’s not a science issue.”

Read on for an excerpt of the article or read the full article on USA Today.

Academies of Science finds GMOs not harmful to human health

Overall, the report found that GE crops save farmers money in terms of time spent tilling and losses to weeds and insects, but can have both positive and negative effects on pests, farming practices and agricultural infrastructure.

Pest-resistant crops have resulted in lower pest populations overall in some areas of the midwest, especially European corn borer, the report found.

However the use of herbicides on GE crops in some areas has resulted in the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Read the full article from USA Today