The Mouth Revolution

No genetic modification without representation! We are Mouths, not guinea pigs.

What are they?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are lab experiments, not food. GMOs are organisms whose genetic code has been artificially altered using techniques known as recombinant DNA technology. Basically, this means that DNA molecules from different sources are combined in a test tube, resulting in a completely new molecule. Crops such as rice, corn and even tomatoes are being modified to include pesticides, antibiotics and other attributes.

Why should consumers be concerned?
The industry of genetic modification is still very young, and few studies have been conducted to examine the effects of these organisms on human health. There is no definitive answer to the question, “are GMOs safe?” In fact, the Department of Agriculture’s own inspector determined that it failed to adequately regulate field trials of GMOs.

There are two main areas of concern:

    1. Human Health – GMOs present a host of potential threats to human health.

      o Consumers risk accidentally consuming foods that may contain allergens. If genes of a particular kind of nut are inserted in a vegetable, for example, a consumer who is allergic to that nut may be at risk.

      o Genetic engineering may create new toxins harmful to human health.

      o Genetic engineering may lead to antibiotic resistance.

    2. Environmental Health – GMOs also pose substantial threats to the environment.

      o Loss of biodiversity.

      o Conventional crops can be cross-pollinated with genetically engineered crops.

      o Extensive planting of genetically engineered crops may to a new class of "superweeds" that are resistant to conventional pesticides.

What are the existing regulations?
Three agencies share responsibility for overseeing genetically engineered foods: the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Currently, none of these agencies require food companies to label genetically modified ingredients. Consumers should have the right to choose whether or not they want to ingest these un-tested ingredients.

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