Sunday, April 10, 2011

US Consumers Concerned About Unlabeled GMOs

By Theodora Filis

US consumers are concerned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not protecting them from unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that are quickly and quietly filling grocery store shelves.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in baby formula and other foods sold in the US is not new, but what is new, is a growing number of “green" towns campaigning to have foods labeled that use Round up Ready GMO soy & corn ingredients, and milk from cows that have been injected with rbST Growth Hormone.

The Future of Food, a documentary that has earned the Human Rights Award is critical of the FDA for not requiring GMO labeling in the US, while in Japan and Europe – labeling is mandatory.

The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system.

Environmentalists around the country are concerned that the process of genetic engineering is imprecise and random. 

A GMO Risk Assessment and Management report, released last month by the European Parliament, Brussels, states that all European Union countries, non-EU countries, industry, and scientific communities worldwide have expressed concern over the growth rate of GMOs on farms and in manufactured foods.

Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have called for additional and more rigorous testing before marketing genetically engineered foods in the US. “Sadly, much of the GMOs are now in baby formulas and other foods that we eat.” – Greenpeace