Wednesday, March 3, 2010


The GM food controversy seems to be getting more and more muddier day by day with antagonists and protagonists ranged against each other, sparing no efforts to push their stand. The statement that giant multinational monopolistic seed companies, after investing heavily in developing special GM seed materials for a number of agricultural and horticultural crops, want to "reap" the harvest for their toil may sound reasonable as long as they use scientific and logical arguments to win over their critics. But using American model to justify use of GM seeds may not carry much weight as Americans them selves are realizing the imponderable effect of wide spread consumption of GM foods which have permeated the whole food market during the last one decade.

"Only now are millions of Americans waking up to the fact that an estimated seventy-five percent of our processed foods contain some form of genetically modified (GM) ingredients according to the Center for Food Safety. Many consumers don't understand the process used to develop these GM foods that have been deemed "substantially equivalent" to other foods by executive order, and therefore bypassed with little regulation to the public without their knowledge or consent".

Critics of GM foods argue, with some substance that the severe health crisis in the US due to consumption of unbalanced foods, putting in danger lives of millions of people in jeopardy, started after wide spread introduction of GM foods in that country. Further it is claimed that such brazen adventure was possible only because of the nexus between the industry and the multi billion dollar lobbying industry, with no worth while scientific and long term safety studies undertaken. We can only feel sorry for our brethren in the American continent for their helplessness to control what they eat, in spite of being a democratic country!


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