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1 Greenpeace protested GM crops Public protests – Especially in Europe – GM food – Power of corporations UN Commission issued principles for assessing safety of GM food (2001) What is a GMO? Organism whose genome has been changed through genetic engineering techniques Any organism that has inherited traits of GMO (Australia) Not traditional cross-breeding techniques Why is GM food controversial? • Bush vs. EU • US need for food markets • US need for GM seed markets • EU labeling of GM foods Is GM food safe to eat? • GMOs in 60% of processed food in US • No major outbreak of illness or allergy • No labeling • Corporations claim it’s safe to eat
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2 How is GMO regulated in US? • 3 agencies regulate – USDA, FDA, EPA • Food & Drug Administration (FDA) • “Substantial equivalence”
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Unformatted text preview: Some direct testing Brazil nut soybean Does the regulatory system work? Starlink corn No labeling Except when nutritional differences high laurate canola high oleic soybean Are GM crops safe for the environment? Pest-resistance Herbicide-tolerance Biodiversity & genetic drift Buffer zones in fields Unintended harm to other organisms Will GM crops solve world hunger? yellow rice Kenyan sweet potatoes Salt resistance Is it just marketing? Danger of corporate power? 3 Is there an ethical response? Oppose GM foods Support GM foods Approach GM foods with caution Precautionary Principle vs. FDA Standards Problem of unknown consequences...
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