The nation's food safety authority, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), does not require genetically engineered
food crops to be labeled. Translation? None of us know whether
the food we eat is genetically engineered or not...or safe!
Potato Spuds Registered as a Pesticide:
Monsanto's "New Leaf" potato, which has been genetically
engineered to incorporate a pesticide, BACILLUS THURIENGENSIS
(Bt), into every cell in the potato, to kill potato beetles,
is required to be registered as a pesticide with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)! This means if you buy
potatoes from the supermarket, you likely are consuming
an EPA registered pesticide. The problem is since neither the
EPA or FDA require labeling disclosing the fact, no one
can make an informed choice not to purchase such spuds.
More Information on Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods:
The label on a bag of Monsanto's pesticidal potatoes in the
supermarket lists all of the nutrients and micronutrients in
the potato, but fails to mention that the potatoes have been
genetically engineered or that they are legally a pesticide.
Food labeling is ordinarily the responsibility of FDA.
EPA-approved pesticides normally carry an EPA-approved
warning label. For example, a bottle of Bt bears a label that
warns people to avoid inhaling Bt and to avoid getting Bt in
an open wound. However, in the case of Monsanto's pesticidal
potato, EPA says FDA has responsibility for requiring a label
because the potato is a food. But, the FDA only requires
genetically engineered foods to be labeled if they contain
allergens or have been "materially changed," and the FDA
has determined that Monsanto did not "materially change"
the New Leaf potato by turning it into a pesticide.
Therefore no FDA label is required.
Furthermore, the law that empowers the FDA (the Food, Drug
and Cosmetic Act) forbids FDA from including any information
about pesticides on food labels. Pesticide labels are EPA's
responsibility. Wow, talk about the run around!
Just another example of our tax dollars at work, folks.
Whether or not you are comfortable eating food laced with
Bt is your decision. Everyone, however should have the right
to know what goes in the food they eat. Genetically engineered
or altered food changes thousands of years of what natural food
is or isn't.
No one knows the long term effects GE foods may have on
human health or the environment. To promote GE foods for the
sake of profits at the expense of health and environmental
concerns demonstrates the greed and selfishness that
rules our world. Editor - Essential Oils Online.
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To learn more about GE foods and the pesticide laced potato.
Seeds of Destruction
For related articles on Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods:
Biotech in Trouble - Part I
Biotech in Trouble - Part II
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