(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
HEALTH EFFECTS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS
Caller: Master Lu, after becoming a vegetarian, I have noticed that many products are labelled as containing “genetically modified soybeans” or “Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian”. Would the health of Buddhist practitioners be affected by consuming such products over a long period of time?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Yes, in fact, the issues of genetics are very complicated. And I have sought advice from Bodhisattva. Generally, it’s safe to eat. However, prolonged consumption may lead to producing certain hormones which can be harmful.
Caller: So shall we try not to consume genetically modified foods?
Master Jun Hong Lu: It’s best to avoid. Nevertheless, don’t be scared if you consume a small quantity. For example, a small amount found in a piece of cake should be all right. Should you eat genetically modified foods every day, your genes will be altered eventually. However, minimal consumption has a negligible impact on your health.< About Health