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Old 09-01-2010, 01:15 PM
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Many of the foods available today in the US could in fact be the product of GMO crops, however do not expect to see a label on any of them stating as such, because of the "Principle of Substantial Equivalence of GMO's." I believe this subject has been covered in the video's on the front page, and with a google search there have been studies stating harmful effects to internal organs from the consumption of some of these modified products.


The Principle of Substantial Equivalence of GMOs

The principle of “Substantial Equivalence” features in a paragraph of the FDA regulations which are central to the controversy surrounding GMOs, as follows:
“In most cases the substances expected to become components of food as a result of genetic modification will the same as or substantially similar to substances commonly found in food such as proteins, fats and oils, and carbohydrates.”

In effect, this principle of substantial equivalence is not based on any scientific proof. It is just an abstract idea invented by the policy-makers in order to introduce GMOs into the food chain without the tests for toxicity which are normally required before any new food product can go on the market.

It’s also an idea with very significant consequences because it allows a law, added to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by Congress in 1958, to be bypassed. Called the “Food Additive Act” this required toxicological testing of food additives. But substances said to be “Generally Recognised as Safe” or GRAS, either because they were “used in food products before 1 January 1958” or because “scientific procedures” have proved that they in fact posed no problem to health, are excluded from the definition of “food additives” and so not subject to toxicity testing. These include additives like salt, pepper or sugar, and today, the addition of extra genes to a plant. This concept has been the subject of intense debate within the scientific community.

Last edited by JessE; 09-01-2010 at 01:18 PM.
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