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Is Genetically Engineered Food Safe?
Should “GE” Be on Food Labels?

cornDid you receive an email from the Environmental Working Group (EWG)? Did it ask you to sign a petition urging the government to require the labeling of GE foods?  Perhaps your initial response was, “Sure. Why NOT put that on the label?”  But wait a minute.  Guess how many supermarket products would need that label.  The answer is about 60-70%! (GE crops are widely found in soybeans, corn, and canola oil.) In most cases, we’re talking about a small amount of GE plant material in a product with many ingredients.  


Perhaps you hadn’t realized that you are probably consuming GE products.   What’s you’re response to this knowledge?  If you’re not certain, read on for information about the labeling issue, alternatives to package labeling, the government’s position on labeling, some benefits and problems related to genetic engineering, and, finally, the all-important question of safety.

Will Genetically Engineered Salmon Be Coming to Your Dinner Table?

SalmonIt would be historic—and, some say, the start of a journey down a slippery slope—if genetically engineered (GE) salmon is approved by the FDA. This fish would become the first GE animal permitted in the U.S. food chain.  GE plants are already being used. Since the 1990s, we’ve had GE herbicide-resistant soybeans and GE pest-resistant corn, which is not damaged by insects.  Other foods that have been produced with GE technology are sugar beets, potatoes, papayas, and summer squash, but these are not widely available.

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