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Move to Put GMO Foods Back in Europe

European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has stated that unless Europe reassesses its long skepticism towards genetically modified (GMO) foods, it is likely to risk more international lawsuits.

European Union governments have not authorized new GMO products since 1998.

However, since 2004, there have been a small number of authorizations by the European Commission, which is empowered to make such decisions when member states fail to come to a decision within a certain time limit.

Some countries, such as Britain, Finland and the Netherlands, almost always vote in favor of approving new GMOs, but they are blocked by a group of states including Austria, Greece and Luxembourg, which vote against GMOs and force a stalemate.

The World Trade Organization has ruled that the EU's resistance to GMO imports constitutes "undue delay" and violates trade rules.

Reuters June 14, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

The European Union (EU) has historically been against genetically modified (GMO) foods, even as other nations, like the United States, have embraced them full-heartedly without any proof of their safety.

Not surprisingly, multinational food giants were not happy when Europe banned GMO foods, especially considering that this country is a major producer of GMO crops. Unfortunately they launched legal challenges to force the EU to sell GMO seeds and crops in Europe, and they seem to be working.

I am actually strategically working with Jeffery Smith, the leader of the anti GMO movement in the US, to facilitate the end of GM foods in the US in the next two years.

If you still believe that GMO foods are relatively rare, think again. In the U.S., at least seven out of 10 items at your neighborhood grocery store contain them, and it's getting harder and harder for farmers to keep GMO seeds and crops from
contaminating non-GMO varieties.

It's not yet known what strange effects GMO foods will end up having on the human race and the environment, but what is known is that GMO foods definitely cause damage to your body.

Hopefully the people in Europe will continue to take a stand against this wild food experiment. For those of you here in the United States, your best bet to avoiding GMO foods is still to buy organic, locally grown foods. If you feel you can't afford to buy organic foods, please read Colleen Huber's excellent piece on how you can do so on your current budget.

Until we are able to eliminate these foods from the US here are some other steps you can take that will help you steer clear of GMO foods:

  • Reduce or Eliminate Processed Foods. Some 75 percent of processed foods contain GM ingredients.

  • Read Produce and Food Labels. GM soybeans and corn make up the largest portion of genetically modified crops. When looking at a product label, if any ingredients such as corn flour and meal, dextrin, starch, soy sauce, margarine, and tofu (to name a few) are listed, there's a good chance it has come from GM corn or soy, unless it's listed as organic.

  • Look at Produce Stickers. Those little stickers on fruit and vegetables contain different PLU codes depending on whether the fruit was conventionally grown, organically grown or genetically modified. The PLU code for conventionally grown fruit consists of four numbers, organically grown fruit has five numbers prefaced by the number nine, and GM fruit has five numbers prefaced by the number eight.

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