Introduction: What is GMO?
O Genetically Modified Organism
O Biotechnology: fermentation of foods
O Beer, wine, bread, and cheese
O “more nutritious” food
O Biotechnology vs. conventional methods
Introduction: What is a GMO?
O GMO Crops
O GMOs in packaged foods
O Transferring genetic properties into plant cells
O Higher level of toxin = health consequences
Body: Concerns about GMOs
O Responsibility of the federal government
O Nine bills introduced to 106th Congress
O Food and Drug Admin. (FDA)
O United States Department of Agriculture
O Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
O Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
Body: Supporters and
O No sufficient data
O Significant difference to labeling differently
O Truthful, not misleading labels
O “Food additive” review
O Manufactures quick to say “no” to labeling
O “yes” to patents
Body: Study by Arpad Pusztai
O Experiment with GMO potatoes
O Fired and study was not accepted
Conclusion: Right to Know
O Labels empowers buyer’s choice
O 64 other countries require labeling
O Government “recommends” “suggests”
O Consumers deserve to make a choice
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