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Biotech Foods

March 30, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 12
Should they be more stringently regulated?
By David Hosansky

Introduction

About two-thirds of the processed foods on grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients, such as soft drinks sweetened with corn syrup from insect-resistant corn and crackers made with oil from weedkiller-resistant soybeans. (Photo Credit: CQ Photo/Scott J. Ferrell)
About two-thirds of the processed foods on grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients, such as soft drinks sweetened with corn syrup from insect-resistant corn and crackers made with oil from weedkiller-resistant soybeans. (Photo Credit: CQ Photo/Scott J. Ferrell)

Genetically engineered crops have made their way into most of the food consumed in the United States, and transgenic animals may be next on the dinner plate. The scientific advances could usher in an era of more nutritious food, reduce pesticide use and perhaps even end world hunger, advocates say. But opponents view genetic engineering as one of the most reckless ventures of modern science, threatening to unleash new plant and animal species that could damage both human health and the environment. To guard against such potential calamities, the skeptics want labeling for genetically altered foods and more stringent government regulation and testing. Meanwhile, consumer protests, especially in Europe, are putting the future of genetically engineered food in doubt.

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