There can be
unexpected benefits and unexpected risks in applying and using technology.
"Anticipating the effects of technology is therefore as important as
advancing its capabilities."
(Science for All Americans)
some wonderful new discoveries that are coming to light that could lead to
miraculous new medical techniques that will save lives and remedy
disabilities. But, new technologies can have some frightening
possibilities, and should not be applied prior to exhaustive study, nor
without extreme caution. Our future well-being will depend a great
deal on how we use, and in some cases restrict, technology.
WHAT IS GENETIC ENGINEERING?
This medical encyclopedia defines Genetically Engineered
Foods (also known as Bioengineered Foods and Biotech Foods), and lists
potential benefits and potential risks, concerns about side effects,
MedlinePlus (A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the
National Institutes of Health)
A DARK SIDE OF THE GOLDEN HARVEST?
Newsday (April 18, 2005)
|DON'T BE IN THE DARK ABOUT
INGREDIENTS IN YOUR FOOD
If you would like to know which companies are saying NO to GMOs, get the
True Food Shopping List . Print out a copy of the non-GE foods list
and take it to the store with you. The list illustrates a dramatic shift in the food
industry away from engineered foods; however, some companies are still
allowing their consumers to eat in the dark without knowing what they are
Food Shopping List - (The True Food Network)
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS
"It has been estimated that upwards of 60 percent of processed
foods on supermarket shelves--from soda to soup, crackers to
condiments--contain genetically engineered ingredients."
The Center for
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD RIGHT TO KNOW
THE CAMPAIGN TO LABEL GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS - Take Action!
"Mission statement: To create a national grassroots consumer campaign for the purpose of lobbying Congress and the President to pass legislation that will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the United States."
The Campaign - Grassroots Political
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION'S STATEMENT ON Bt10 CORN (April 27, 2005)
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S STATEMENT ON Bt10 CORN
NATIONS BIOSAFETY TREATY TALKS
(U.N.) CONVENTION ON
MEETING TO HELP GOVERNMENTS REDUCE GMO RISKS
GET THE DRIFT?
Gene drift: The drifting of novel bio-engineered
genes into wild populations is a serious threat to biodiversity,
potentially allowing altered plants to out-compete native populations and
disrupting ecosystems dependent on those plants.
"Blown profits Genetic drift affects more than biology - US farmers stand to
Genetic Drift - American Phytopathological Society
PRAIRIE WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER - MIGRATORY BIRD FACT SHEET
The "introduction of genetically modified crops that
provide for exceptional weed control may pose a long-term threat to
seed-eating migratory birds and resident wildlife populations."
Northern Plains Sustainable
Agriculture Society - SAVE OUR SEED! GMO PETITION
Council for Responsible Genetics - THE SAFE SEED PLEDGE
U.S. PIRG.ORG - U.S. Public
Interest Research Group - click on Genetically Modified Food link under
NEWS NETWORK - Search for "biotech,"
"biotechnology". Also see
WEIRD SCIENCE: The Brave New World of
GM, GE, GMO - GEE WHIZ!
"Hey Mom, what's for
or maybe we'll be saying "WHO was it?"