As the leading agency of the United States Government that looks into the welfare of the food industry, there is one way that the FDA becomes involved in this GMO controversy. By becoming part of this controversy, the FDA doesn’t lessen the risk that GMOs pose on the consuming public. Instead, its behavior and decisions help in placing the American consuming public more at risk from the effects of GMOs.
First of all, what is the GMO controversy? Well, from the very start, genetic engineering has always been painted as the miracle cure for many things. There’s the impact genetically engineered crops have been expected to make on world poverty and world hunger.
But despite the massive use of genetically modified crops in countries like the US, there have never been any significant changes in the prices of these GMO crops. More to the point, even after using genetically engineered crops for so long now, there haven’t been changes in the number of people who are going hungry in different parts of the world.
Where are the fruits of these so-called noble endeavors now? Why, instead of higher yielding crops that can actually put a dent on world hunger, do we have too many genetically engineered crops that are resistant to this or that particular pesticide? Really now, who were these biotech companies really thinking about when they designed such plant variants?
Secondly how does the FDA figure in this imbroglio? Well, for one, the government – specifically, the FDA and the USDA – seems more inclined to deregulate the use of genetically engineered crops than to actually listen to the qualms of the millions of consumers who do not appreciate having genetically altered food on their plates. And for another, the US government doesn’t even require these big corporations to label their genetically modified products.
That means the government isn’t even helping in informing consumers or allowing the average consumer to exercise their right to choose which food they would want to take home. If there really is nothing to worry about genetically engineered food, then why don’t the government and the GMO producers want the consumers to know that the said products have been altered genetically?
What The GMO Industry Really Thinks Of Your Diet
It’s very obvious then that the GMO industry doesn’t think much about your diet at all. If they did, they would stop genetically altering plants to be more resistant to pesticides or herbicides. Sure, it will make plants more resistant to these chemicals, but won’t the same chemicals, when abused, have the possibility of ending up in trace amounts in your food?
A GMO Test Should Be Done On Each GMO
While the traditional and natural food that people have been eating for thousands of years, obviously have no dangerous side effects, genetically engineered food is another thing altogether. And because there is no way to know whether each particular GMO food is perfectly safe to eat, a thorough GMO test should be done on each. That’s about the only way that people can make sure that the GMO food are safe.