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  GMO - GM food is not safe
GM crops have antibiotic-resistant marker genes inserted in them, and there are fears that if material from these marker genes passes into humans, people's ability to fight infections may be reduced.
We at the Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security strongly feel that GM food should be immediately withdrawn from the market and further research must be commissioned as a matter of urgency.
The research, commissioned by the food standards agency, is the world's first known trial of GM foods on human volunteers.
www.laleva.cc /food/gm_isnotsafe.html   (1521 words)

 GFA - What is GM Food ?
GM crops such as RoundupReady soya beans promise an even more intensive agriculture and involve the use of herbicides that destroy all plantlife apart from the herbicide-resistant crop.
Third World farmers have organised global protests against GM crops, countries have banned the crops and the nations of the Third World have demanded and obtained the right to refuse to import GM seeds and crops.
It is possible that this event will be seen as marking not only the end of GM food and crops but the moment when the people of the world reversed the global spread of corporate power.  What a wonderful way to mark the dawn of a new Millennium.
www.geneticfoodalert.supanet.com /gmfood1.htm   (1086 words)

 Choike - GM food   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Genetic engineering of foods -a process whereby specific information is artificially transferred from one type of organism to another, regardless of the species- is one of the most disturbing and criticized aspects of biotechnological development.
The first GM crop was commercialized in 1994, and now, ten years later, the promises made by the biotech industry and its powerful lobby groups have still not materialized.
The food security of billions is at stake, as is their right to grow the varieties of rice they have created and continue to create, and in the manner they choose.
www.choike.org /nuevo_eng/informes/693.html   (5015 words)

 GM food
GM, which can stand for genetic modification or genetically modified, is the
Long-lasting, genetically modified tomatoes came on to the market in 1994 and were the first genetically modified food available to consumers.
Because the GM tomatoes can remain fresh longer they can be allowed to ripen in the sun before picking - resulting in a better tasting tomato.
www.globalfootprints.org /issues/local/food/gmfood.htm   (606 words)

 Response to GM Food Myths
GM food is food from a crop modified using certain techniques.
The use of, say, herbicide-resistant GM crops will mean the farmer is charged more for the GM seed and is then tied to using a particular brand of herbicide, from a particular agribusiness, to control weeds.
This was not reported in the original applications for release of this GM crop and puts a lie to the claims of regulation authorities, such as the Australia and New Zealand Food Authority, that their testing methods consist of a "rigorous safety assessment process".
www.agbioworld.org /biotech-info/articles/agbio-articles/myths.html   (7802 words)

 PBS - harvest of fear: should we grow gm crops?
GM ingredients, in the form of modified enzymes, are found in virtually all breads, cheeses, sodas, and beers, and farmers have been raising GM food crops such as corn, soybeans, and potatoes since the mid-1990s.
Worldwide sales of GM foods rocketed from an estimated $75 million in 1995 to a staggering $2.3 billion in 1999.
Note: View all 12 arguments for and against GM foods at once or readers' opinions on the subject.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/harvest/exist   (441 words)

 Special Report on GM Organisms - New Scientist
GM tomatoes, as puree, first appeared on British supermarket shelves in 1996 (a different fresh GM tomato first appeared in the US in 1994), but the consumer furore that surrounded GM technology did not erupt until February 1999.
This was because a controversial study suggested that a few strains of GM potatoes might be toxic to laboratory rats.
GM bacteria for cleaning up contaminated soil may be closer with the publication of a sewage-dwelling bug's genome sequence
www.newscientist.com /hottopics/gm   (2019 words)

 SCOPE: GM Food: FAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
At this point, the phrase 'genetically modified food' can be used to refer to any product that gets some of its content from an organism that has been genetically modified (see question 2).
Some issues to consider are food products which get only a small percentage of their content from genetically modified organisms and food products that contain no genetically modified materials even though they may come from plants or animals which have been genetically modified.
Encyclopedia Britannica defines biotechnology as "the application to industry of advances made in the techniques and instruments of research in the biological sciences." Genetic engineering is one such application, but it is not the only one.
scope.educ.washington.edu /gmfood/faq.php   (1183 words)

 Food Science Central - Monitoring GM food inclusions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
There are therefore concerns that the percentage GM values obtained for processed foods correctly reflect the original content of the raw materials.
The major factor affecting the degradation for tofu and soy milk is the mechanical treatment of soaked soy beans and the thermal treatment for corn masa and cooked potatoes.
It is also suggested that the probability of GM contamination could be experimentally predicted from the results of trial processing.
www.foodsciencecentral.com /fsc/ixid14009   (404 words)

 Riverdeep.net: Teaching the News: America Debates GM Food
There are many ways you can think about the food you eat: its nutritional value, the number of calories, the aesthetics of how it's served, the advertising that convinced you to select that particular food, the route it took from seed to your plate.
Genetically modified (GM) food is food that contains ingredients that have had their genetic structure modified in order for the crops to grow faster, to be bigger, or to be more resistant to disease or pests while they grow.
One of the claims in favor of GM food is that it is hardy and can be enhanced nutritionally in order to help feed the world's hungry populations.
www.riverdeep.net /current/2000/03/front.140300.genefood.jhtml   (1053 words)

 French GM food on the rise, says report
According to Bove, around 40 per cent of GM trials were destroyed in the course of seven acts of sabotage.
The findings of this pro-GM study suggest that the historical rejection of GM technology in Europe is on the wane, with consumer acceptance not far away.
The EU's approach to GM food regulation has long been criticised on the other side of the Atlantic for having little theoretical basis, and pandering to the fears and prejudices of its citizens.
www.foodnavigator.com /news/ng.asp?n=69194-corn-gm-seed   (694 words)

 GM Food
As in that case, consumers should be able to make a choice as to whether to eat GM foods, rather than having them, almost literally, shoved down their throats.
Though I am not worried about the safety of the very limited range of GM food available, that does not mean that I have no concerns about the potential harmful effects on the environment.
The reason I feel so confident about the safety of GM crop products on the market now is that ingredients derived from GM crops are chemically identical to those from traditional sources, which, experience tells us, have been used safely for a very long time.
www.poptel.org.uk /lynne.jones/gmfood.htm   (1378 words)

 Campaign on "No GM Food Aid"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
We strongly oppose GM corn, which contain Starlink corn and which is not approved for human consumption anywhere in the world.
All minutes of meetings of all government agencies related to GM foods should be made public in the interest of transparency and prevention of corruption, and the guarantee the right to information of the people.
We as The National Alliance of Women’s Food Rights, an alliance of women’s organizations of the country working to defend the food rights of women and children, are outraged that your agency, CARE-India is putting pressure on our government to import GM corn soya blend for Food Aid.
www.navdanya.org /dwd/campaign-gm-food-aid.htm   (1974 words)

 Genetically modified food - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Importantly, economic benefits of GM crops in developing countries are more significant compared to industrialised countries because agriculture in these countries is a larger part of the economy, and employs a larger fraction of the labor force, and often agriculture suffers from losses of crops to insects which are remedied in insect protected GM crops.
In the USA regulation of a genetically modified food is determined by the objective characteristics of the food and the intended use of the food, irrespective of the way it was developed.
Research by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology has shown that in 2005 Americans' knowledge of genetically modified foods and animals continues to remain low, and their opinions reflect that they are particularly uncomfortable with animal cloning.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/GM_food   (6417 words)

 Global Watch
While there is a possibility that GM Food can actually benefit us, a lot of scientists today suggest that this is not the case at this time.
The reason for this is because GM food is being rushed through without adequate time to test the technology and assure people that it is safe.
While the acceptance of GM Food is important an issue, so is the way it is being handled as it can be an indication as to how many other issues will be handled.
www.zmag.org /GlobalWatch/GEFood.html   (1014 words)

 Genetically Modified Food - Main Page
A new Church of Scotland report on GM crops argues that although GM is not wrong in itself, the Government should not have given the go-ahead last month for herbicide tolerant GM maize to be grown commercially in the UK.
The report re-evaluates GM food and crops in the light of the findings from the UK farm scale crop trials and the 2003 public consultations.
The Church of Scotland is not opposed to GM crops or GM food in principle, but the scientific justification to grow GM maize is also flawed.
www.srtp.org.uk /gmfood.shtml   (861 words)

 Asia Holds the Key to the Future of GM Food
If Asians accept US claims about GM food – that it is safe to eat, safe to grow, and the only way to feed growing populations – these new varieties of rice, soybeans, and corn will rule the world.
Japanese consumer groups take credit for persuading their government to stop GM rice trials and – after a March 2004 meeting between US officials and representatives of 414 Japanese consumer and environmental groups opposed to biotech foods – for Monsanto's recent decision not to release GM wheat on the global market.
The stakes in Asia's decision on GM food are enormous: a huge market in seeds and crops, a total restructuring of farming practice, and a test of civil society's strength in countries where governments routinely dictate agricultural policy.
yaleglobal.yale.edu /display.article?id=4956   (1444 words)

 We Need GM Food Like a Hole in Our Kidneys | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GM foods for public consumption simply by comparing the nutritional content between GM and non-GM foods, and checking a database of known allergens.
GM crops fundamentally cannot end hunger because hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food.
As farmers buy GM seeds from Monsanto, they must sign a contract recognizing the company’s intellectual property rights over the seed, and promise not to share or save any to use the next year.
www.foodfirst.org /node/1170   (859 words)

 foodfuture: Balancing the Debate on GM: Home
Some studies show that the use of herbicides and insecticides is reduced where GM crops are grown.
Consumer acceptance of GM will depend on confidence in the regulatory process.
foodfuture is produced by the Food and Drink Federation on behalf of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry
www.foodfuture.org.uk   (74 words)

 Truth About Trade & Technology - Time to support GM food   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The relevant regulatory bodies in the US are the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), concerned with food safety, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), for farming, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which regulates field trials and the use of pesticides.
Supported by the overwhelming weight of scientific opinion in the developed and developing world, it accepts that GM food is as safe to eat as conventionally produced food.
For example, an allergen-free GM wheat variety developed at the University of California, Berkeley, will not be tested in the field because the cost of compliance is prohibitive.
www.truthabouttrade.org /article.asp?id=3115   (963 words)

 Scotsman.com News - GM food
THE UK's official food watchdog yesterday changed its advice to retailers about genetically modified (GM) rice.
CONSUMERS were last night warned that traces of genetically modified rice grown in China have been found in products on sale in the UK.
THE Scottish Executive is to consult on ways in which genetically modified (GM) crops can be grown...
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=9   (441 words)

 CBC Marketplace: GM Labelling and the CAC
Hilliard says despite the polls that show widespread support for labelling food containing GMOs, the CAC remains opposed to labelling because it won't be done properly.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the agency responsible for enforcing the safety of our food.
GM food conference met by protests (July 10, 2000)
www.cbc.ca /consumers/market/files/food/cac_gmo   (890 words)

 GM Food News
Scotsman RESEARCHERS for the US government have shown that pollen from GM plants is capable of contaminating fields mor...
Spread of GM grass raises fears of crossbreeding
Pollen from a genetically modified grass was found 21 kilometres from where it was planted, scientists repor...
archive.wn.com /2004/09/28/1400/gmfood   (343 words)

 Friends of the Earth: Campaigns: Real Food
If GM gets the go-ahead then it will be impossible to guarantee that organic or locally grown food is GM-free.
Banning GM food from local food services such as school meals and residential homes.
GM Click on the map to find contact details for your local council.
www.gmfreebritain.com   (161 words)

 CBC Marketplace: GM Food Labelling
All federally-mandated food inspection and quarantine services have been consolidated to form the agency, which will report to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
On one hand, producers argue that if food has passed the rigorous safety and quality reviews of the federal regulators, then it has been deemed safe, and there is no need to specifically label it.
On the other hand, consumers might argue that it is their "right to know" in order to make informed choices on whether to consume such foods.
www.cbc.ca /consumers/market/files/food/gmfood/cfia1.html   (834 words)

 SCOPE: GM Food   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The appearance of genetically modified foods in the marketplace has resulted in a firestorm of public debate, scientific discussion, and media coverage.
Genetically modified foods (GM foods or GMF) offer a way to quickly improve crop characteristics such as yield, pest resistance, or herbicide tolerance, often to a degree not possible with traditional methods.
Further, GM crops can be manipulated to produce completely artificial substances, from the precursors to plastics to consumable vaccines.
scope.educ.washington.edu /gmfood   (346 words)

 Friends of the Earth - Campaigns
USAID food aid to Bolivia found contaminated by StarLink genetically engineered corn not approved for human consumption.
World Food Program food aid provided by Germany to Nicaragua found to contain whole genetically engineered seed –; a threat to a birthplace of corn.
Grassroots groups around the world obtained samples of food aid sent to their countries by the World Food Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development to determine if it was genetically modified.
www.foe.org /foodaid   (248 words)

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