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Question: Why don't
the food manufacturers and the biotech companies
want you to know if your foods have been genetically
if they are labeled, you will start asking questions
such as "Have these genetically engineered
foods been safety tested on humans?" The
answer to that question is NO!
Doesn't the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) require genetically engineered foods to
be safety tested like they do for new drugs and
food additives before they are sold to the public
Answer: NO! With
limited exceptions, under current FDA regulations,
companies are not even required to notify the
agency they are bringing new genetically engineered
products to the market.
How much of the food I buy in the grocery stores
contain genetically engineered ingredients?
Answer: Since genetically
engineered soy and corn are used in many processed
foods, it is estimated that over 70 percent of
the foods in grocery stores in the U.S. and Canada
contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Are people all over the world eating genetically
Answer: No, all
of the European Union nations, Japan, China, Australia,
New Zealand and many other countries require the
mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically
engineered ingredients. As a result, food manufacturers
in all those countries choose to use non-genetically
Are you telling me that people in the United States
and Canada are eating a lot more genetically engineered
foods than in many other countries in the world?
Answer: Yes, citizens
in the United States and Canada are engaged in
the largest feeding experiment in human history
and most people are not even aware of the fact.
What countries are growing genetically engineered
Answer: There were
only five countries that grew about 98 percent
of the $44 billion of commercial genetically engineered
crops in 2003-2004. Those five countries were:
the United States ($27.5 billion), Argentina ($8.9
billion), China ($3.9 billion), Canada ($2.0 billion)
and Brazil ($1.6 billion).
What can I do to help properly regulate genetically
engineered foods so that I can rest assure that
these experimental crops will not harm human health
or the environment?
Answer: The single
most important step you can take is to mail three
letters using the U.S. Postal Service. One letter
goes to your Congressional Representative in the
U.S. House of Representatives and the other two
to your state's two Senators serving in the U.S.
Senate. The letters request that they support
legislation to label genetically engineered foods.
We have form letters on this web site for this
purpose. Click here
for more information.
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