Genetically Engineered Food
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Genetically Engineered Food

SUMMARY: "THE French government has asked the country's health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU intervention, after a study said genetically modified corn caused cancer in rats. In a joint statement, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, Ecology Minister Delphine Batho and Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine said they had asked the National Agency for Health Safety to investigate the finding. ”Depending on ANSES's opinion, the government will urge the European authorities to take all necessary measures to protect human and animal health,” they said.

Monsanto’s GE sweet corn hits stores unlabeled, but Wal-Mart isn’t worried

Genetically Engineered Food

SUMMARY: "It’s genetically modified sweet corn from the biotech giant Monsanto, engineered to resist a common herbicide and certain pests. The arrival of the crop’s first harvest has alarmed consumer groups and activists who say genetically modified foods may pose environmental and health risks. In recent months they have urged major retailers to avoid Monsanto’s sweet corn, prompting Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills to pledge not to sell or use it.

Beware of the Genetic Tomato Tamperers

Genetically Engineered Food

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
by Jim Hightower -

Some people are too smart for your own good.

Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature's own good foods — but not the smarts to leave well enough alone.


Genetically Engineered Food

SUMMARY: "Greenpeace released today a report ”confirming the dangers” of cultivating genetically-modified organisms. The report, which focuses on Bt eggplant, a GMO variety currently being field-tested in the Philippines, details how the spread of the genetically-modified Bt gene can cause eggplant to be an ”aggressive and problematic weed, threatening to overpower similar varieties.” In addition, Greenpeace maintains that GMOs grown in fields contaminate normal crops, threaten farmers’ livelihoods, and are dangerous to human health."

GMO Myths and Truths

Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters. They say that GM crops:

Are an extension of natural breeding and do not pose different risks from naturally bred crops
Are safe to eat and can be more nutritious than naturally bred crops
Are strictly regulated for safety
Increase crop yields
Reduce pesticide use
Benefit farmers and make their lives easier
Bring economic benefits
Benefit the environment
Can help solve problems caused by climate change

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