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Aaltrude
07-10-11, 07:36 PM
By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2011

Activists rejoiced last week when a hard-fought battle over international standards for labeling genetically modified food came to an end — finally — after decades of debate.

But the agreement, which many say opens the door for labels to be placed on such foods, will probably have little effect on food labels in the U.S. for the foreseeable future.

And that could be a good thing, some scientists said.

"The public gets bogged down on whether [crops are] genetically engineered or not. We think that's a distraction," said Pamela Ronald, a professor of plant pathology at UC (http://www.healthkey.com/topic/education/colleges-universities/university-of-california-OREDU0000192.topic) Davis. "The consumer needs to know: Is it safe to eat?"

Delegates to the so-called Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body created in 1963 by the United Nations (http://www.healthkey.com/topic/crime-law-justice/international-law/united-nations-ORCUL000009.topic) to set voluntary standards for food safety and handling, have been arguing over labels for genetically engineered food for the better part of 20 years.

Concerned that the biotech food is not adequately tested and could be unsafe for people or the environment, some countries, particularly ones in Europe, have pushed for mandatory labeling. Others, including the U.S., have argued that such labels are misleading because the genetically modified products that are on the market have been thoroughly tested and deemed safe.



Read more: http://www.healthkey.com/la-he-gmo-foods-20110710,0,3094656.story?track=rss

Julieanne
07-11-11, 04:53 AM
'such labels are misleading because the genetically modified products that are on the market have been thoroughly tested and deemed safe.'

Tested on who? I'd like to see those studies. Calling it a 'distraction' is just hogwash. This is a weird argument if it's OK to ask if it's safe to eat, but not want to know if it's GE.

Islander
07-11-11, 10:13 AM
The biotech industry's influence has pushed the FDA into this position, and they have pushed the US reps to Codex in the same direction. Part of what held up progress over the last 20 years was the US's firm and unmovable stance on labeling. They used the same rationale Monsanto used on labeling milk as rBGH-free: the statement itself implies that something is wrong with rBHG. Of course there is! And something is "wrong" with the rest of GM goods; the evidence is out there and readily accessible to anyone who looks. But the FDA and USDA aren't looking; Monsanto et.al. have said it's safe, and by golly, that's good enough for the good ol' boys network at the FDA!

Islander
07-11-11, 09:12 PM
Dang! Once again, I closed a thread on accident. Apologies!