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20. US Agencies Trying to Outlaw GMO Food Labelling

Concern is growing over the health impact of growing and eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The World Health Organization has identified allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, gene transfer, outcrossing, GM genes introduced into the wild population, gene stability, susceptibility of non-target organisms (insects) and loss of biodiversity as potential issues of using GM seeds.

Currently, most health studies are done by GM companies themselves, which naturally have a conflict of interest that can lead to biased research or reporting.  Many countries such as Japan, Australia, China and the European Union recognize the possible risks and require mandatory labeling for products made with GMOs. The call for more comprehensive, independent research is growing.

However, the official position of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA)  is: There is no difference between GMOs and non-GMOs. These agencies have also proposed to the CODEX Alimentarius Commission (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), that no country should be able to require mandatory GMO labeling on food items. The FDA and USDA say that mandatory labeling of GMOs is “false, misleading, and deceptive, implying there is a difference between GMO and non-GMO ingredients.”  Ultimately, the FDA and USDA want to do away with product labeling standards overall, trusting corporations to maintain necessary health standards.

Sources:

“GMO Alert: U.S. Attempting Global Censorship of GMO Food Labeling,”
Mike Adams, Natural News, May 4, 2010. http://www.naturalnews.com/z028716_GMOs_food_labels.html

“US opposes honest labeling of GMO foods,”
Ethan A. Huff, Natural News, July 9, 2010.  http://www.naturalnews.com/z029168_GMO_foods_labeling.html

“GE Food,” The Center for Food Safety, March 25, 2011. http://truefoodnow.org/campaigns/genetically-engineered-foods

“20 1uestions on genetically modified foods,”
World Health Organization, April 1, 2011. http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en

Student Researcher: Brittney White, San Francisco State University

Faculty Researcher: Kenn Burrows, San Francisco State University

  • tonebone October 13, 2011

    LOL. Your government is your friend, and they want to keep you in the dark when it comes to food labeling and crop biology.
    The FDA is a militarized governmental arm of GM companies and big Pharma, appointed by friends of those miscreants called presidents of the USA. Which is the miscreant? BOTH!
    Welcome to the corporatist State.

    • Tnowion January 2, 2012

      so true.

    • Anonymous February 9, 2012

      Government sleeps with Corporations=we the people lose. When your Supreme Court Justice was Monsanto’s Lawyer for Regulatory Affairs, along with other officials who used to be on Monsanto’s board and CEO’s and others, we the people lose.

    • Anonymous February 9, 2012

      Government sleeps with Corporations=we the people lose. When your Supreme Court Justice was Monsanto’s Lawyer for Regulatory Affairs, along with other officials who used to be on Monsanto’s board and CEO’s and others, we the people lose.

  • tonebone October 13, 2011

    LOL. Your government is your friend, and they want to keep you in the dark when it comes to food labeling and crop biology.
    The FDA is a militarized governmental arm of GM companies and big Pharma, appointed by friends of those miscreants called presidents of the USA. Which is the miscreant? BOTH!
    Welcome to the corporatist State.

    • Tnowion January 2, 2012

      so true.

    • Machinists_Mate February 9, 2012

      Government sleeps with Corporations=we the people lose. When your Supreme Court Justice was Monsanto’s Lawyer for Regulatory Affairs, along with other officials who used to be on Monsanto’s board and CEO’s and others, we the people lose.

  • Jon Adams February 19, 2012

    Identify GMO foods and we will go into the stores and put the stickers on ourselves.

  • Jon Adams February 19, 2012

    Identify GMO foods and we will go into the stores and put the stickers on ourselves.

  • Anonymous June 4, 2012

    If mice know better than to eat GMO corn, why should we eat it?  Our food is making us sick.  Companies know that the cat’s out of the bag regarding GMO foods, so naturally they are desperately trying to force label-free foods.  If we knew which foods were GMO, we wouldn’t buy them. Then the market for Monsanto’s killer seeds would dry up.  Monsanto is probably more evil than Wall Mart.

  • mannapat June 4, 2012

    If mice know better than to eat GMO corn, why should we eat it?  Our food is making us sick.  Companies know that the cat’s out of the bag regarding GMO foods, so naturally they are desperately trying to force label-free foods.  If we knew which foods were GMO, we wouldn’t buy them. Then the market for Monsanto’s killer seeds would dry up.  Monsanto is probably more evil than Wall Mart.

  • Clint LaForge January 26, 2014

    Ya can’t have it both ways! Either “there is no difference between GMO’s and non-GMO’s; or GMO’s are ‘new patentable life forms’, aka Monsanto. Which is it??

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