The U.S. government claims that the food supply in this country is the safest in the world, though antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food animals and chemical residues on produce might lead some to conclude otherwise. But let’s consider genetically altered food. This technology has gone on the consumer market largely untested. Independent studies have shown an array of potentially devastating outcomes, yet the FDA has not required further testing. Every industrialized nation in the world has banned or restricted the use of genetically altered foods, but not the U.S., where there aren’t even labeling requirements. Why?
Ronnie Cummins is director of the Organic Consumers Association, a national organization of consumers opposed to factory farming and genetic engineering. He is editor of BioDemocracy News, an online newsletter, and co-author of Genetically Engineered Food.