The Positive Spin On GM Crops

You may recall a study I posted last week about the potentially deadly problems genetically modified (GM) crops can pose just by being grown too close together. Despite a call last week by the World Health Organization (WHO) about not rushing headlong into the use of even more GM food technology, unfortunately, much debate remains.

Much of the conflict stems from multi-national companies being required to follow many different sets of regulations based on the countries in which they're doing business. For example, the European Union and Japan have enacted labeling and traceability requirements for GM food products, prompting protests filed by Canada, Argentina and the United States to the World Trade Organization.

No surprise, in the thick of this debate is the compromised and conflicted FDA that shared nothing but good news with a Senate committee last week about its regulatory program for GM foods. Of course, during testimony, the FDA failed to share the true findings behind a 2004 report by the National Academy of Sciences that found a significantly higher likelihood of unintended genetic effects in genetically engineered foods.

Rather than acknowledge various findings that show GM foods are far less safer than the so-called experts would have you believe, the FDA merely skirted the issue, emphasizing the current system was working great.

Fact is, GM foods are so prevalent in this country, if you randomly pick a food item off your grocery store shelf, the odds are great you'll pick one that contains unnatural ingredients. Americans are largely kept in the dark about the truth about GM products. Because there are no labeling requirements, most people aren't even aware they are putting potentially harmful ingredients into their bodies.

My most serious concern: There aren't any long-term human studies determining what happens after you eat genetically modified foods. Since it's obvious there's no telling what effects GM foods will have on your body, it's wise to avoid them at all costs.

Here's some simple steps you can take to reduce the threat of GM foods in your home:

Food Navigator USA.com June 24, 2005

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