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The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with a paper "The correlation between the spread of COVID-19 and GMO"

15.01.2021

MOSCOW. JANUARY 15, 2021. PIR PRESS. The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with a paper "The correlation between the spread of COVID-19 and GMO" by Dmitry Aleshin, Vadim Kozyulin and Alexey Shushlebin.

The article analyzes the correlation between the regions impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and the territories of genetically modified organisms crops cultivation and consumption. The authors note that the highest mortality rates from COVID-19 can be observed in countries with a high level of genetically modified foods production and consumption, while the countries where it is prohibited hold low COVID-19 mortality rates. Based on the data analyzed, a hypothesis is put forward about the correlation between the global spread of COVID-19 and GM foods, along with the production and consumption of GMO crops.

Key findings:

  • The highest mortality rates from COVID-19 can be observed in countries with a high level of genetically modified foods production and consumption (the USA, Canada, Brazil), while mortality rates from COVID-19 in countries where it is prohibited (Poland, Austria, Greece) are minimal.
  • GMO crop cultivation has become a worldwide phenomenon in recent decades. Some countries have not yet adopted any legislative enactments that would regulate the GMO cultivation on their territory. Also, a number of countries that have previously abandoned GMO cultivation are still engaged in the import of genetically modified foods.
  • The policy of GMO crops non-proliferation can be one way to reduce COVID-19 mortality rates. 
  • Further study of the side effects associated with the production, processing, and consumption of genetically modified organisms is required.

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