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PostSubject: Anti-GMO Grass-Roots Effort Gains Ground in U.S.   Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:17 pm

Anti-GMO food activists in the U.S. don’t stage late-night guerrilla raids, vandalizing farms swathed in hazmat gear. Instead, they’re more likely to patrol the corridors of power in sport jackets, lobbying lawmakers for oversight or suing biotechs in court.

But even without these tactics, American activists, including a handful of scientists, have been raising skepticism about GMO foods. “The science just hasn’t been done,” says Charles Benbrook, an agricultural policy expert at Washington State University and a leading voice of dissent.

Today, about 90 percent of the corn, soy, and cotton grown in the U.S. are genetically modified to be either resistant to pests or tolerant of herbicides, including the popular weed killer Roundup, so that farmers can spray throughout the growing season without harming crops.

While the harvest from most of these crops is used to feed cows, pigs, and chickens, some genetically engineered corn and soybeans have made their way into the human food chain and are used to make tortillas, corn syrup, and corn oil for cooking.

Today, about 75 percent of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients, a sea change that Gary Hirshberg, chairman of the activist coalition Just Label It, calls “an unprecedented agricultural experiment being conducted at America’s dinner tables.”

As a result, thousands of products containing foreign or altered genes have been eaten by millions of people. But since these products aren’t labeled or tested by impartial scientists, there is no way to trace back potentially adverse health consequences, activists say. A handful of scientists even speculate that genetically modified crops and the pesticides used to cultivate them may be partly responsible for the increased incidence of ills such as asthma, allergies, ADHD, and gastrointestinal disorders.

A few animal studies have raised red flags, including some showing intestinal damage; structural changes in the kidneys, pancreas, and spleen; infertility; low birth weights in mice litters; and cancerous tumors in rats. But proving a causal connection, especially in humans, is tricky. “These studies raise questions that demand answers, but the government has chosen thus far not to do that,” Benbrook says.

In fact, the FDA has ruled that because DNA is in every living organism, crops engineered with added genes are “substantially the same” as other foods and are no different from crops genetically modified through conventional breeding techniques. But that point of view rings hollow to scientist-activists.

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