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Checkbiotech: The basics on genetically modified foods
Posted by: DR. RAUPP ; madora (IP Logged)
Date: March 26, 2005 07:25AM ; ;

What foods are genetically modified? Are they safe? Here are the basics,
March 2005:

How can I tell if foods in the grocery store have genetically modified
Usually you can't be certain. However, some makers of organic foods label
their products as being free of genetically modified ingredients.

What foods are most likely to have genetically modified ingredients?
Cooking oils - mostly corn and soy - and boxed, bagged and other processed
foods, such as cereals and snacks, probably have some GM ingredients. That's
because they usually contain high-fructose corn syrup or other corn or soy

Free from genetic engineering: uncooked, unprocessed meats and fish, and
fresh fruits and vegetables, with the exception of Rainbow brand papaya and
some squash. Ditto for dairy products, except processed cheeses.

Are there any health risks from genetically modified foods?
Proponents of GM foods say there have been no reports of those foods making
people sick. But some health, environmental and consumer groups urging
government regulation and labeling of these foods say gene-swapping can
introduce allergens or toxins. They say there is no system to monitor such

What are the benefits of genetically modified crops?
So far, there aren't any benefits to consumers in terms of better-tasting,
more nutritious or cheaper foods, although researchers say that could come
within several years. Most GM changes to corn and soybeans have allowed
farmers to cut down on chemicals used to kill weeds and pests, boosting crop
yields and cutting costs and potential harm to the environment.

Why are Europeans and others more suspicious than Americans when it comes to
GM foods?
Europeans lost trust in their governments over the meat supply. First they
were told repeatedly that they were not at risk from the human form of mad
cow disease. Then, concerns were reignited in 1999 when the European
Commission said dangerous levels of cancer-causing dioxin were widespread in
meat from animals raised on farms near industrial polluters.

How long have GM processed foods been available in the United States?
The first product, the now-defunct Flavr Savr tomato, was sold from 1994-97.
Processed foods containing GM corn and soy ingredients began appearing late
in the 1995 growing season.


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