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Is GE food just like ordinary food? OR even better? OR is it safe to eat?

Posted Apr 07 2011 3:49pm 1 Comment

For the sake of consumers' safety and health, CAP should urge the government to adopt the followings:-

 

* Impose a moratorium on the import and sale of all GE foods and products, including GE soyabeans, until there is convincing evidence that they are safe. For this reason, there must be rigorous, independent, objective and scientific testing, based on the PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE. The burden of proof must rest with the producers and exporters of GE foods and products.

* Ban the use of genetic engineering in agriculture or in any other area that could result in the introduction of genetically engineered organisms into the ecosystem, and which could have adverse effects on health and the environmnet.

* Ratify and implement, as soon as possible, the international Biosafety Protocol that our country has signed. In this regard, strict national biosafety legislation must be enacted that meets the minimum standards that have been set internationally.

* Impose mandatory labelling of all GE foods and products. Consumers have the right to know what they are eating, especially where there are risks as well as religious and ethical concerns. Without labelling, it will also be difficult for the authorities to trace the source of any problems that my be caused by GE foods or products, and to determine who is liable in the event of any adverse effects.

* Invest in safer and ecologically sustainable methods of agriculture and production that are more equitable towards farmers and local communities. Too much emphasis has been placed on technological {quick fixes} that are insufficiently tested and which profit the large multinational companies.

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Should GE foods be labelled?

 

Of course we have a right to know whether our food is GE or not. Choosing what we want to eat is a basic right. Labelling serves our right to know. We want to choose not just for taste and preference, but for our health. People with asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart problems and other chronic ailments would be ver concerned about what they eat. Even dieters, expectant mothers, athletes and vegetarians. And those with food allergies, usually items like peanuts or ohter nuts, shellfish, milk and dairy products etc. The reaction is immediate, ranging from itching and rashes, wheezing to potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.

The trouble is, genetic engineering can produce unknown allergens in food, usually proteins which are the cause of such allergies. So without clear, precise labels, people with allergies can't protect themselves.

There's also the possibility of health problems even for healthy people on a longterm diet of GE foods since the process of genetic engineering introduces hazards in the food. There is still an enormous amount of scientific uncertainty about the science, in the haphazard creation of new proteins. No one knows and no scientist can assure us hundred per cent that there will be no unexpected outcome as shown in the case of GE tryptophan or effects that might show up only decades later. Aslo without labels health authorities will not be able to trace problems of any kind back to the source.

Lastly, consumers might want to avoid eating GE food not for personal safety but from ethical principles. They might object to the very idea/whole business in the first place.

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