Why are Genetically Engineered (GE) foods NOT labeled in the US? We label everything, so why is it a secret if food has been genetically modified?
Supporters of organic foods have petitioned the US government for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
This is from Just Label It:
“Genetically engineered (GE) foods, also referred to as genetically modified, or GMOs, are those that are altered at the molecular level in ways that could not happen naturally. This means plants and animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. These techniques use DNA molecules from different sources, sometimes different species, and combine them into one molecule to create a new set of genes (e.g. mixing of flounder genes into tomatoes so the tomatoes would be resistant to cold temperatures.)”
The FDA determined that GE Foods were “substantially equivalent” to conventionally produced foods, so there was no material difference – and no labeling was required.
Haley shows off a giant carrot grown in her garden.
Is There NO Difference?
After almost 20 years, this policy is still in effect today. In fact, between 60 and 70 percent of processed foods available in the U.S. grocery stores contain some GE material.
Despite the fact that GE crops have yet to deliver on promises of increased yield, drought tolerance, better nutrient use efficiency or reduced need for pesticides, while credible health concerns linger. In addition, many children have developed life-threatening allergies to GMO foods. Foreign genes can disrupt human DNA. Gut problems may develop in people who regularly eat GMOs.
“The absence of mandatory labeling disclosures for genetically engineered foods is misleading to consumers,” says a 25-page legal petition, drafted by lawyers at the non-profit Center for Food Safety in Washington.
“The requested actions are necessary to prevent economic fraud, and to protect consumers who are deceived by thinking the absence of labeling means the absence of genetically engineered foods.”
Nearly 90 percent of corn; 94 percent of soy; and 90 percent of cottonseed grown in the US are from GE seeds. These ingredients are most often found in packaged foods like cereals, crackers, cookies, chips, high fructose corn syrup sweetened soda, frozen meals and more.
There’s a very short, but cute video on youtube about the need to label GMOs, You can view Dining in the Dark by Clicking Here.
Avoid Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods
1. Buy USDA certified organic as the USDA organic standards prohibit the use of GMOs.
2. Buy unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables instead of processed foods.
3. Avoid the top three GE foods: soy, corn and canola. Other GE foods are potatoes, tomatoes, cottonseed oil, papaya, squash and salmon.
For a synopsis of Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater, Click Here.