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Food & Water Watch - GMOs

You’ve probably heard news reports that GMOs are safe to eat, but the fact is, genetically engineering our food supply carries risks to farmers, the environment, and people living near the fields that are heavily sprayed with the herbicide RoundUp, which the World Health Organization recently said is a probable human carcinogen. Furthermore, the government approves GMOs for the food supply based on data submitted by the companies that want to sell them. That doesn’t sound “safe” to us. Meanwhile, most GMOs are engineered to withstand exposure to powerful weedkillers or produce their own pesticides. In fact, most of these crops are used in animal feed—which fuels factory farms. Learn more about how the industry “greenwashes” GMO crops.  There is No Consensus On GMO Safety The same media reports touting the safety of GMOs ignore a growing portion of the scientific community that says they are far from safe and criticize the weak regulatory system that is designed to not find safety problems. Learn about why there is no consensus regarding the safety of GMOs—in fact, the evidence shows a potential for harm, especially to our environment.  Many Countries Label GMOs. Why Doesn’t The U.S.? People in over 60 countries across the world have the ability to choose whether or not they buy GMO foods, because labeling is required. But not here in the U.S., where powerful interests lobby to keep us in the dark about what we’re eating. Learn more about our work to require GMO labeling. Promoting GMOs Abroad The U.S. government also works on behalf of the industry to promote GMOs around the world, often over the opposition of the public and even governments. Agricultural development is essential for the developing world to foster sustainable economies, enhance food security to combat global hunger and increase resiliency to climate change but that’s not what biotechnology companies are promoting. Genetically Engineered Animals? The GMO controversy doesn’t end at the fields. Genetically engineered (GE) salmon has been approved by the FDA—but the fish could present serious risks to consumer health, animal welfare, wild fish populations, fishing economies and the environment. That's all on top of potentially diminishing the nutrition and taste of salmon, one of the most popular and important fish in the American diet. Meanwhile, a British company wants to cash in on genetically engineered mosquitos, marketing it as a means of controlling dengue fever. But GE insects are inherently risky and cannot be truly regulated — not to mention there is a lack of public support and an inability to prove that this science experiment would actually prevent disease transmission.

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