|US prepares to block influx of GE food
hypocrisy and deception are all around this one...
The New Scientist
January 25, 2009
prepares to block influx of GM food
AFTER a decade of exporting its
genetically modified crops all over
the world, the US is preparing to block
foreign GM foods from
entering the country - if they are deemed to threaten
agriculture, environment or citizens' health, that is.
warning was given to the US Department of Agriculture, which
agricultural imports, by its own auditor, the Office of
(OIG): "Unless international developments in
transgenic plants and animals
are closely monitored, USDA could be
unaware of potential threats that
particular new transgenic plants or
animals might pose to the nation's food
The OIG expects the number of GM crops and traits, and the
countries producing them, to double by 2015, raising the risks of
imports of GM crops unknown to the USDA.
The report urges the USDA to
strengthen its links with countries
where research is exploding, such as
China, India and Brazil. China,
for example, is ready to launch the world's
first commercial GM rice,
but it has yet to be approved by the USDA.
Problems will arise, says
the OIG, when new GM products enter the US
undeclared - the USDA
would be unprepared to test or even identify
The OIG cautions against blocks on imports that could be seen as
trade barriers, however. In 2006, the World Trade Organization ruled
favour of the US, arguing that the European Union's stringent
GM crops were anti-free trade.