In the two decades since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) first appeared, they have spread like a prairie fire, from the U.S. to Canada, South America and the rest of the world. GMOs are now found in virtually all processed and canned goods. They constitute the majority of corn, soy, cotton and canola that is produced. Plus, many newly developed genetically modified organisms - from apples to salmon – are in the pipeline. Biotech industry promoters claim that GMOs are on track to feed an increasingly hungry world.
Skeptics are not so sure, pointing to studies showing genetically modified crops are no more robust than crops grown organically. They argue that genetically engineering produces food that is less nutritious, damaging to the environment, and harmful to our health. They are resolute in their belief that merging one species with another in a way that cannot be duplicated in nature not only fails to produce greater crop yields, but inevitably is unsustainable. The idea that GMOs will “feed the world” is a myth created to enable greedy corporations to hijack our food supply, they claim.
The argument over GMOs has pitted government leaders and biotech behemoths against growing public hunger for long term studies, an end to the fast tracking of GMO products, and the right to know what’s in our food. GMO labeling is now required in 61 countries, but not in Canada and the U.S., where illness rates are climbing and government safety assurances are losing traction. How will this growing impasse finally be resolved?
What is Genetically Modified Food? (here)
Dr Oz Episode on GMO's (here)
Penn and Teller - Bullshit episode on Organic Food (here)
Interesting Legal Opinions:
Bowman v. Monsanto co.- Supreme Court decision regarding patents on GMO's (here)
American Bar Association on FDA and Regulation of GMO's (here)