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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (pdf) found that in 2012, the FDA tested less than one-tenth of 1 percent of imported shipments.
FDA does not test for some commonly used pesticides—like glyphosate—for which the EPA has established tolerance levels, nor does FDA disclose in its annual reports that it doesn't do this testing, the GAO analysis states.
In addition, GAO charges, "FDA does not use statistically valid methods consistent with Office of Management and Budget standards to collect national information on the incidence and level of pesticide residues."
Q: How much pesticide and / or weed killer gets absorbed into freshly planted GM seeds from residual amounts in the soil from previous treatments ?
And how much gets absorbed by plants through roots after new treatments ?
And, do end products retain any pesticide or weed killer amounts (other than washable surface amounts) that would be unsafe to humans ?
Who determines safe levels if any levels do in fact exist ?
And finally, are different amounts absorbed by non-GM originated plants ?
Question Submitted By: xuenchen from chicago, Illinois
It makes me sad to think that Monsanto's (and other big chem companies) profits trump public safety and our right to know what is in the foods we put in our famiy's mouths.
No, I don't and fail to see the relevance of your question.
originally posted by: Sabiduria
a reply to: FyreByrd
We need to remember that just because the FDA approves something, doesn't mean that it works. Look at the Dr Oz scandal. All those "miracle" pills for weight loss and other various things that were approved by the FDA but they don't work and we know they don't work.
originally posted by: ThichHeaded
a reply to: Phage
You know.. i have always wondered about this.. not just this gmo bs.. cause really we are being forced to eat this if you don't grow your own food.. but things in general.. what makes something so crappy become so popular.. elected officials, videos, drugs, hookers.. why?
And the other question is... with it being such a crappy product why does it stay on the market? Usually in free trade the people dictate things.. not the government.
This is not about GMOs. It is about pesticides.
not just this gmo bs
And the other question is... with it being such a crappy product why does it stay on the market?
I don't think crop seeds enter the food market but non-GM seeds are also treated with pesticides. Seed treatment actually results in an overall lowered use of pesticides since it cuts down on soil treatment.
Right I forgot that gmo a didn't use pesticide in Thier seeds.
Well, since bees are insects, it sort of follows that insecticides would not be good for them, right? That would seem to be an argument for GM crops though, since using insect resistant plants would mean reducing in the use of sprayed insecticides.
And aren't pesticides being accused of the killing off of millions of bees?
Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations.
New research published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry addresses the effects of two broad-spectrum systemic insecticides, fipornil and imidacloprid, on honeybees. These insecticides are widely used in agriculture, and the authors conclude that fipronil and imidacloprid are inhibitors of mitochondrial bioenergetics, resulting in depleted cell energy. This action can explain the toxicity of these compounds for honeybees.
The study shows how long-term pesticide exposure affects individual bees' day-to-day behaviour, including pollen collection and which flowers worker bees chose to visit.