(English) Dr. Oz interview with Stonyfield Organic CEO Gary Hirshberg & Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

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  1. Alison Van Eenennaam, B.Ag.Sci, M.Sci,, Ph.D. dice:

    Science HAS sorted out the safety issues of GE crops. The EU alone, hardly a ardent biotech supporter, has invested more than 300 million Euro in GM organism (GMO) biosafety research. Quoting from its recent report (ec.europa.eu/research/biosociety/pdf/
    a_decade_of_eu-funded_gmo_research.pdf): “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130
    research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research and involving more than 500 independent
    research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular
    GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional
    plant breeding technologies.” Every credible scientific body that has examined the evidence has come to the same
    conclusion. In the USA, each newly modified crop must
    be shown to be equivalent to the original crop and the
    products encoded by the added genes must be independently
    tested for toxicity and allergenicity, making GM crops the most extensively tested crops ever introduced
    into the human food supply.

    If people still want to avoid GM foods they already have that choice – they can buy organic or GMO-free – VOLUNTARY process-based labeling options that exist in the market today and provide consumer choice – it is the mandatory process-based labeling in the absence of any difference in the food that is the expensive and controversial issue. If voluntary labeling provides people who do not want to eat GM a choice (and these people are unlikely themselves to eat GE-labeled products)– what is the rationale for making the rest of the food supply chain that considers GE food to be safe carry the cost of mandatory GE segregation and labeling with legal exposure for incorrectly labeled products? Mandatory labeling should be reserved for food safety and correctly identifying material differences in the nutrient content of the food.

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