Quote: The Mexican government has confirmed earlier reports that transgenic maize is growing within the country's borders and has apparently contaminated wild varieties, despite a national ban on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. A government-commissioned study has shown that as many as 95 per cent of maize fields in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Pueblo contain evidence of GM 'contamination'.
The insecticide Bt is incorporated into many genetically modified crops and Bt causes an immune response to a wide range of creatures in nature, even if it does not kill those creatures. (Ref Q,R,S)
Genetically Modified Corn— Environmental Benefits and Risks
The Europeans have taken a very different stance on labeling genetically modified food. David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, spoke to the National Press Club on October 9, 2001:
I want to start with some apologies
This logic restricts the regulation and labeling of genetically modified foods to the narrowest terms possible. The FDA is applying a very different standard than it does for other foods. I called the FDA and asked why it demands labeling of orange juice from concentrate. Surely, I said, it is not a safety issue, and just as surely the agency is not raising a question about "substantial equivalence" with fresh- squeezed orange juice. The answer was, "no, of course not; it's a matter of truthfulness". A simple and clear answer (from an FDA employee who did not work on GM issues).
Food Antioxidants are Superior to Isolated Antioxidants
Utilizing such studies from the companies that produce genetically engineered products (the FDA does no testing of its own and does not require third-party testing) the FDA formulated its policy on genetically modified foods in 1992:
Robert Thiel, Ph.D., Naturopath
For our health, organic foods are better, because these are natural, do not contain any kind of chemicals that can harm our metabolism, and do not cause any long term damage unlike transgenic laboratory that are processed with many chemicals.
- Herbicide resistant crops, so that yields can be maintained by reducing the number and amount of products used and using those with desirable environmental characteristics.
- Increased shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
- Increased production.
- Lower costs of agriculture.
- Biotechnology can help preserve natural biodiversity.
- Crops tolerant to drought stress (eg, excessive salt content in the soil).
Genetically Modified Food
-Largest source of minerals and vitamins.
-Elimination of Toxic Substances.
-Everything is Natural.
-They decompose quickly.
-Not much marketing.
-They use more time to grow.
-They require more care.
-Costs more elevated.
-They are more scarce.
Genetically Modified Food
An organic food product should grow without the use of chemicals or pesticides.
Horizontal gene transfer - Wikipedia
The FDA has declared that genetically modified foods or food ingredients need not be labeled. Why not? The FDA holds that genetically modified foods (GM-foods) are essentially the same as traditional foods -- there is "substantial equivalence", in the language of food scientists. For example, Monsanto scientists performed a detailed nutritional analysis of traditionally bred soybeans and also of "Roundup Ready" soybeans, which were genetically modified to be resistant to Monsanto's "Roundup" herbicide. The scientists compared nutrient content (protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, etc.), even analyzing the amounts of the different kinds of amino acid that make up proteins. They also compared so-called antinutrients (such as lectins), undesirable substances that occur in small amounts in many foods. In all cases they found no substantial differences in composition or amount and therefore concluded that conventional and genetically engineered soybeans are substantially equivalent (7).