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Greenpeace exhorts FDA to stop misleading the public

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Greenpeace calls on the FDA to stop feeding the public propaganda about the safety of eating GM products:

‘The FDA should stop feeding the public with propaganda. They are not truthful in saying that GMOs are safe for consumption. There is no scientific proof that GMOs pose no danger to human health and the environment. Even the scientific community is divided on whether GMOs are safe,’ said Daniel Ocampo, sustainable agriculture and genetic engineering campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The group sent a letter this week to the state agency urging it “to be more forthright in providing public information on the propagation of GMOs by disclosing that 80 percent of the GMOs in the world are planted only in four countries, namely the (United States), Canada, Brazil and Argentina.”

Amid a growing debate on its consumption, the FDA announced last week that eating GM foods is safe, citing the Codex Alimentarius or the United Nations’ regulations on the safety of eating them.

Greenpeace said these are just protocols for risk assessments of GMOs and that there are no set standards in the consumption of food with GM ingredients.

‘…We call on the FDA to maintain its role as a regulator and to protect the welfare and health of the people by being more discerning in assessing the safety of GMOs. We ask that the FDA retract its statement about GMOs being ‘safe’ and to stop making conclusive statements that may mislead the public into thinking that the safety of GMOs has already been established,’ Ocampo added.

The entire article by Jovan Cerda in The Phillipine Star can be found here.

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products early in life - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in her cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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