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Genetically Modified Crops Hit The Billion Mark

All the concern for genetically modified foods certainly didn't stop a heavy hitter in the biotech crop business from crowing about planting hitting the billion mark, based on estimates pinpointing when farmers are expected to begin their next cycle of crops.

A spokesman for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, an Iowa-based division of DuPont, bragged that biotech crops are one of the "greatest technological advances in the history of agriculture." Hard to believe biotech crops could be any cause for celebration, when far more oversight over them is needed and their effect on the environment and your health remains largely unknown.

That "good news" also flies in the face of recent reports the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture have approved far fewer new biotech crops between 2000-04.

It's a good time to remind you once again, consuming genetically modified foods is a lot like participating in a huge, ongoing experiment. There's no telling what the consequences of using these genetically modified foods will be because these products have never existed before. Already, investigators have found rats fed genetically modified potatoes had an increased thickening in the lining of their stomach and intestine and a weakening of their immune system.

In fact, genetically modified (GM) foods are so prevalent in this country, if you randomly pick an item off your grocery store's shelves, you have a 75 percent chance of choosing a processed food product with those ingredients.

Some simple tips for avoiding GM foods:

  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Carefully read produce stickers and food labels.
  • Buy organic produce.

Washington Post May 10, 2005

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