How to Identify Genetically Modified (GMO) Foods - Page 2
Public opinion on most topics is more influenced by television and movies than any actual science and thought. Most people's (especially american's) "knowledge" on most subjects is limited to what televisoon and movies teach them. Most people also think cloning is bad because "there was that one movie where they cloned that guy and..." yet don't even know what the real life process of cloning entails. In that same breath most people hear the words "genetically modified organism" and because it sounds bad to their ears they envision the Alien Resurrection movie and plants with teeth and poisonous goo and blah blah. In reality genetically modified organisms are 99% of the time simply taste palate changes (for the better), vitamin/mineral enrichments (for the better) or plants requiring less nourishment to produce harvestable, hardy crops.
I'm Australian and I spent 3 years of my life in America. I can say that both countries have their positives and negatives in the food labeling department.
I think a more important issue for food labeling in America is the "rounded off effect" which is where your food authority allows rounding off of nutritional numbers on labels. This includes calories, saturated fat, trans fat, protein, fibre, etc. The problem comes in where everything is rounding off as far as they can. If you count your macronutrients (like me) you might end up being off by 10g or more of fat, be off in calories by several hundred or be ingesting a significant amount of trans fatty acids because they're them rounding down. They round up the good (fibre, protein) and down the bad (saturated fat, trans fat, calories). Here in Australia they are forced to note [i]exactly[/i] how much of all macronutrients are in food down to the first decimal place.
This fact is perhaps most profound…..
There are only two GMO food traits on the market:
#1 BT toxin expression---- food becomes living pesticide
#2 herbicyde resistant---- spray food with stuff that would otherwise kill it due to how toxic it is I.E. Roundup, Dicamba, 2,4-D (primary component Agent Orange)
It may seem strange that there aren’t GMOs that make food taste better, but when you think about it, what tastes better than food? Bacteria, viruses, or herbicides?