FDA insists genetically modified food safe
Friday, June 28, 2013
MANILA, Philippines - Following an appellate court ruling against the genetic engineering of eggplants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted that genetically modified food produced through modern biotechnology are safe.
In FDA Advisory No. 2013-014, FDA acting director Kenneth Hartigan-Go noted that “all food derived from genetically modified (GM) crops in the market have met international food standards and are as safe as and as nutritious as the food derived from conventional crops for direct use as food, feeds and for processing.”
“The FDA hereby reiterates that all GM food products derived from modern biotechnology that are currently on the market have passed food safety assessment based on the UN FAO/WHO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) CODEX Alimentarius Risk Analysis of Food Derived form Modern Biotechnology and Guidelines for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants,” Go added.
The advisory was issued after the Court of appeals (CA) issued last week a decision stopping the field trial of genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplants.
The ruling stemmed from a petition filed by Greenpeace and a farmers’ organization, which believed that the procedure is harmful to humans and the environment.
FDA statistics showed that in 2012, some 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries planted GM crops in 170.3 million hectares of farmland, which is six percent or 10.3 million hectares more than in 2011.
In 2012, 82 percent of total land area planted with cotton was planted to GM cotton.
The global adoption rate for GM soya, GM corn and GM canola was 75 percent, 32 percent and 26 percent, respectively, in 2012.
You didn’t even read it before responding: Kenneth Hartigan-Go is Acting Director IV, Food and Drug Administration in the Philippines. So what does this have to do with Mike Taylor? How do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you post #$%$ out of context. Not even smart enough to read the entire paragraph!
I think so. Seems like mnay of us are left with a choice of believing known people and organizations (FDA, Monsanto, etc), or believing unknown anti GMO activists, the majority of which have little to no involvment with science, policy, etc.
I believe neither, but hold gov't and corporations in slightly higher regard than the uninvolved whose "skin in the game" is most iron clad inuendo's regarding what it's and eco/risk theatre statements.
I will continue to monitor the situation...and in the mean time, eat both GMO and non GMO (in other words...eat)