Stop Genetically Modified Food
by Martha Vertti (Furnish-7)
GM technology is bad for the environment.
Many of the earth's organisms are especially sensitive to the chemicals uses to enrich the GMOs, such as PCBs and dioxin. In addition, the use of these chemicals could possibly breed 'superbugs' and 'superweeds', which are organisms resistant to the checmicals. These superorganisms could prove to be disasterous for both the economy and the environment.
GM foods are badly regulated
Many biotech firms have been deploying GM crops too quickly on a broad scale, without proper testing. The FDA, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency are very laid-back on their policies for GM foods. Biotech companies are not required to consult with the FDA on new GM foods, and even those that voluntarily do so do not have to follow the FDA's recommendations. In the United States, food companies are not required to label foods that are genetically modified. People purchasing food have no idea what they are actually eating, and people lack the option to choose non-GM foods. If a consumer becomes ill because of eating a food with GM ingredients, the consumer does not have the resources to trace the illness back to its source. This is truly alarming.
Genetically altered animals suffer when farmed
Quotes from the experts
- "Today...foods in supermarkets contain genetically modified substances whose effects on our health are unknown... Manufacturers of genetically altered foods are exposing us to one of the largest uncontrolled experiments in modern history...such conduct is illegal and unethical."--Dr. Martha R. Herbert, pediatric neurologist
- "Virtually the entire population could be exposed to GMOs, and yet we have only a handful of studies...addressing their safety...Do we assume the technology is safe, or do we prove it? The scientist in me needs it's safe." -Dr. Margaret Mellon, director of the agricultural and biotechnology program, Union of Concerned Scientists
- "With genetic engineering, familiar foods could become metabolically dangerous or even toxic. It could upset complex biochemical networks. Properties in proteins may change in a new chemical environment." --from The Need for Greater Regulation and Control of Genetic Engineering: A Statement by Scientists Concerned About Trends in the New Biotechnology