Risks of GE Food

Genetic engineering of the food we eat is an inherently risky process. Current understanding of genetics is extremely limited and scientists do not know the long-term effects of releasing these unpredictable organisms into the environment and people's diets.

Due to consumer pressure, supermarkets in many countries have cleared genetically engineered (GE) food from their shelves and global food companies have removed GE ingredients from their products. In addition, some leading pig and poultry producers have promised not to supply animals with GE feed.

 

Europe is leading the way in the fight against GE food; a huge mobilisation of European consumers and environmentalists has held genetically engineered organisms (also called GMOs or genetically modified organisms) at bay in Europe over the past eight years. In April 2004 it brought into force the world's toughest labelling regime.

Consumers should be protected from the dangers of GE food, not only in Europe but the whole world. However in many countries food manufacturers and corporations are failing or refusing to inform the public about the presence of genetically engineered ingredients in their products.

Consumers have the right to know and the right to choose: While labelling does not fully address the concerns of GE ingredients, it at least allows the consumer to make informed choices and decisions. Information about a product would enable and assist consumers who would want to take a precautionary approach in their food choices to do so. Moreover, failure to provide information is considered a breach of fair trade.

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The fake promises of GE crops

Blog entry by Janet Cotter | 21 June, 2013 5 comments

There's been a lot of 'noise' recently about how genetically engineered (GE) crops can help "feed the world", and that they can help agriculture in a climate-affected world. But are these promises real or just hype? If we look at...

When will governments learn that GE crops are uncontrollable?

Blog entry by Janet Cotter | 31 May, 2013 1 comment

Shockwaves are being felt across the world's wheat markets following the first-ever discovery of unauthorised genetically engineered wheat growing on a US farm – a development that gives further proof that GE crops cannot be controlled...

'Monsanto Protection Act' adopted in the US

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 28 March, 2013 21 comments

Imagine a democratic government adopting a legislation that would instruct its own Agriculture Department "to ignore any judicial rulings that block the planting of crops that the court determines to be illegal"(according to Senator...

The long march of the food movement in the US

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 13 March, 2013 9 comments

Whole Foods Market, the eighth largest food and drug store in the US, has announced that it will start to label all food made from genetic engineering (GE) within 5 years. As the US (and Canada) is one of the rare so-called...

GM: not the promised route to food security

Blog entry by Neha Saigal | 21 February, 2013 2 comments

Hunger and malnutrition is an issue that governments around the world are grappling with and its impact can be felt more severely in the developing and under-developed nations. India is no different in this regard; we stand towards...

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