The Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods Position Paper at World Food Conference

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It is the position of Team Water that genetically altered foods are a hazard to the environment, should be used be more strongly regulated by the government, and should be labeled. The right of every human being on this planet to know what we are ingesting and feeding to our children should not be infringed upon. To have the manufacturers of these foods wanting to keep such valuable and important information off of the labels of the goods that they produce is in itself a criminal act. These genetically enhanced foods are still a relatively new technology and there has not been enough thorough testing done to determine unequivocally whether or not these products are safe for human consumption or for the environment .(1) There have been a number of studies done that do show possible detrimental effects of these foods. One study shows compelling evidence of a connection between genetically enhance foods and allergies. Childhood allergies have been on the rise since 1996 in the U.S. Bacteria, virus and other genes have been inserted into soy beans, corn and canola crops and evidence collected over the last ten years directly points to the fact that these foods are contributing to the increasing rate of allergies, and that there is a risk of these foods causing a life threatening reaction.(2) Another example of the necessity of labeling genetically enhanced foods happened in the 1980’s. A dietary supplement known as L-tryptophan took the lives of nearly one hundred Americans. Thousands more became sick or suffered disabilities due to this product. Years later it was discovered that this supplement was a product of genetic engineering and that process was the probable cause of these deaths.(3) This situation could have been rect... ... middle of paper ... ... 2000 HYPERLINK "http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php" http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php ABC News, survey; July 2003 HYPERLINK "http://www.americans-world.org/digest/global_issues/biotechnology/biotech3.cfm" http://www.americans-world.org/digest/global_issues/biotechnology/biotech3.cfm Gallup Poll Survey, Sept. 2003; HYPERLINK "http://www.americans-world.org/digest/global_issues/biotechnology/biotech3.cfm" http://www.americans-world.org/digest/global_issues/biotechnology/biotech3.cfm FAO Consensus Report, 2004; HYPERLINK "http://www.greenfacts.org/en/gmo/3-genetically-engineered-food/4-food-safety-labelling.htm" l "3p0" http://www.greenfacts.org/en/gmo/3-genetically-engineered-food/4-food-safety-labelling.htm#3p0 PSRAST.org HYPERLINK "http://www.psrast.org/news.htm#cows" http://www.psrast.org/news.htm#cows

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