Myth: GMOs are Tightly Regulated

September 3, 2014
Category: GMO Fact Check

Biotech companies claim that GMO foods are strictly regulated. The reality is that such regulation is either weak or non-existent.

  • No GMO food has ever been certified as safe by the FDA.
  • Biotech companies, not government agencies, conduct research on new GMO crops.
  • The standard for GMO safety is completely arbitrary: GMOs are considered as safe as conventional products if they have, for example, the same nutritional value. However, what is actually being measured is carbohydrate value, not nutritional value. This criteria does nothing to prove safety or consistency.
  • Biotech companies are always looking for backdoor ways to release new GMO crops onto the market with minimal preapproval. Take, for example, the case of Codex and biofortification.

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