The US Government’s process for approving GMO foods to be sold by food companies is lame. Well… lame is being nice. It’s pretty much not a process. There’s a term in the food industry called GRAS (generally recognized as safe) that’s used for most GMO foods. If a food manufacturer decides that a GMO food is pretty much the same as the non-GMO food, they can say it’s GRAS and just start using it. No outside testing. No approval process. Nothing. This non-process applies to many other food additives too. Like MSG. Just trust them.
I choose not to trust them. Just look at the example I blogged about last week: Trans fats. Trans fats were first released to market in 1911. It took our government over 100 years to realize that uh oh… it’s bad stuff that causes heart disease and we need to ban it. And think of all the prescription drugs that actually did go through a rigorous test process, were approved and released and then years later recalled. Some of them were used for 10, 20, 30, even 50 years! Oops.
So 20 years from now, or maybe 50, or maybe 100, what GMO foods will have been found to cause problems?
I choose not to be a test subject.
Always buy organic.