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Are genetically engineered foods safe?

We don't know if genetically engineered foods are safe or not.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never has said genetically engineered foods are safe. FDA does not require and has not conducted any safety assessments.

FDA has made no safety claims of its own about genetically engineered foods.

Market approval is based on research done by industry alone.

Industry blocks research

Powerful chemical and biotech corporations have blocked or restricted access to the seeds needed to do independent research.

More than two dozen university scientists sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 saying, "No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions involving these crops." Read more »

Higher pesticide residues

Herbicide residues on genetically engineered sugar beets has increased substantially. Several months after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved genetically engineered sugar beets, at Monsanto’s request, the Environmental Protection Agency increased the maximum allowable residues of the herbicide, glyphosate, on sugar beet roots from just 0.2 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm. That’s a 5,000 percent increase in the amount of toxic weed killer residues allowed in the very part of the plant used to make sugar.

(Source: Federal Register April 14, 2013, gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1999-04-14/html/99-9317.htm.)

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