Monday, January 29, 2007

Frankenfoods... my kids will not be lab rats!

After watching "The Truth About Genetically Modified Food," I’m more convinced than ever that Canada needs mandatory labelling of GMOs. Here are some reasons why:

(Problems with GMOs)

-testing is limited, left to others, or done by gmo company funded reseach
-use of invasive bacterial/viral technlogy to mutate food
-concerns over toxiicity/ effect on immunity
-poses threat of new allergens and tampering with antibiotic
-cell-invasion process affects nutrition
-patenting of life and native plant species by gmo companies
-ecological/soil cutrient cycling impact of gmo plants
-use of gmo-associated pesticides and herbicides
-gene-patenting & threats to individual privacy and freedom
-malicious lawsuits by gmo ccompanies to protect patents
-conflict of interests - gmo execs become government officials (EPA/FDA)
-impact of monoculture on genetic/bio divesity
-lobbying/campaign contributions to ensure deregulation
-unfair/subsidized competition with traditional plant varieties
-demands for payment when gmo plants contaminate adjacent fields
-threat to food secuirty/genetic heritage through gmo hybridization
-consolidation of food supply/mulitnational character of gmo companies
-use of suicide genes to prevent re-use
-creation of green deserts of genetically locked species

3 comments:

Ravendell said...

Uh , Glen... 75% of US processed food already contains GMO's. Check out :

http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/
focusareas/medical/conference/
presentations/genetically-modified
-foods.html

for the source of that wonderful factoid.

Ravendell said...

Hmmm. link didn't work . Try :

http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas//medical/conference/presentations/genetically-modified-foods.html

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