U.S. should reconsider labeling of genetically modified food

U.S. should reconsider labeling of genetically modified food
(HealthDay)—The United States should reconsider labeling of genetically modified (GM) food, according to a perspective piece published in the Aug. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., from Washington State University in Pullman, discuss recent developments that are changing the GM landscape.

The authors note that the National Academy of Sciences reviewed the safety of GM crops in 2000 and 2004 and concluded that GM crops posed no unique hazards to human health. The main characteristic that the biotechnology
industry has chosen to introduce into crops is herbicide resistance; consequently, there is an overreliance on herbicides, particularly glyphosate. In a recent decision, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new combination herbicide (Enlist Duo) containing glyphosate and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). Given that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen" and 2,4-D as a "possible human carcinogen," it is possible that GM foods and the herbicides used on them may pose a hazard to human health. The authors recommend reconsidering approval of Enlist Duo and revisiting the United States' reluctance to label GM food.

"We hope, in light of this new information, that the FDA will reconsider labeling of GM foods and couple it with adequately funded, long-term post-marketing surveillance," the authors write.


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Aug 20, 2015
I would rather have a chemical composition of pesticides that were sprayed over my food then a GMO composition.

Aug 20, 2015
It would be nice to know if glyphosate or 2,4-D were used when growing the GMOs. Are GMOs more likely to be sprayed with harmful herbicides than non-GMO? Does anybody know exactly? I found this article:

http://www.nejm.o...p1505660

The source that sent it is a tabloid false news source but is it true?? Does anybody know?

Aug 20, 2015
@NIPSX:
It depends on which type of GM.
Plants with insecticidal genes added (e.g., BT corn) are likely to have FEWER pesticides applied because the internal pesticide replaces the external applications (and BT is pretty harmless to humans). However such modifications have little to no impact on herbicides applied.

In contrast, plants with herbicide-resistance genes added (e.g., 'round-up ready' crops) are likely to have MORE herbicides applied because the whole point of adding the resistance genes is so that herbicides can be applied to kill weeds without killing the crop plants.

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