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Originally posted by guitarist
reply to post by Kali74
Heres a reply to a letter from a letter i sent to my senator,
Dear Mr. D:
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the Genetically Modified Food Right to Know Act. I agree that food safety laws should be able to respond to the possible consequences of genetically engineered foods, particularly those that contain antibiotic-resistant genes, viral promoters and foreign proteins never before consumed by humans.
Agriculture is being transformed by rapid advances in technology, and techniques to enhance the genetic makeup of agricultural plants and animals are constantly evolving. Producers are interested in the application of new technologies to improve productivity, consistency, and quality; to introduce new food, fiber, and medical products; and to protect the environment.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council produced a report assessing the food safety risks of consuming genetically engineered food. The report concluded that unexpected and unintended compositional changes arise with all forms of plant and animal genetic modification, but found that, so far, no genetically engineering related adverse human health effects have been documented. However, the report's authors cited "sizeable gaps" in the ability to identify compositional changes caused by all forms of genetic modification—whether genetically engineered or conventional—and their relevance for human health, and they recommended new approaches for assessing the safety of new foods both before and after they enter the market.
The U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world due to the hard work of government regulatory agencies and the precautions taken by the food industry. Our country’s track record of success does not mean, however, that now is a time to rest on our laurels. We must be vigilant in addressing food safety issues as they come, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to protect consumers from potentially harmful agricultural products.
As you know, the Genetically Modified Food Right to Know Act, H.R. 6636, was introduced to the House of Representatives in the 110th Congress. This bill would require food producers to label products that contain genetically modified organic material. Additionally, the bill would require the government to test food products at various points in the production and delivery process to determine if a food is in fact properly labeled.
Although this bill has not yet been introduced to the current Congress, I will closely monitor this legislation when it is.
Again, thank you for contacting me about this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you on this or any other matter.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator
“Poison on the Platter”, is an eye-opening film, made by Mahesh Bhatt and Ajay Kanchan, illustrating how all of our lives are gonna be (adversely) affected by genetically modified foods. It is no more a farmer’s issue alone, it’s a matter of the consumers’ right to food safety. You and I wouldn’t even be able to separate/choose a normal Brinjal from/over a GM one, if Bt Brinjal - a GM crop produced by the mighty agri-MNC Monsanto - is let through by our corrupt regulatory body. Let’s put up strong resistance, demanding a ban on GM food/crops for 5 years, until they are proven safe for human consumption by independent, long-term studies.
Among scientists, the scientific community is deeply divided as to whether these foods are safe or not, so the burden of proof is on industry. And so far, the corporations have failed to demonstrate the safety of these foods on humans through a single study. In the last thirty years global demand for food has doubled. In a race to feed the planet, scientists have discovered how to manipulate DNA, the blueprint of life, and produce what they claim are stronger, more disease-resistant crops. However, fears that Genetically Modified Food may not be safe for humans or the environment has sparked violent protest. Are we participating in a dangerous global nutritional experiment? This informative film helps the viewer decide if the production of genetically modified food is a panacea for world hunger or a global poison.
On January 17, internationally recognized plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber, wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack warning of the discovery of a new pathogen and a possible link between Roundup Ready® (GMO) corn and soybeans and severe reproductive problems in livestock as well as widespread crop failure.
How to tell GE food by PLU code (produce/fruit ONLY at this time)
Examine produce stickers on the fruits and vegetables you buy.
The PLU code for
-- conventionally grown fruit consists of 4 numbers
-- organically grown fruit has 5 numbers prefaced by the number 9
-- GM fruit has 5 numbers prefaced by the number 8.