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In the near future, you may be eating the next generation of genetically engineered (GE) foods, and you may not even be aware that you are eating them. In the law passed last year by congress to label and disclose genetically modified ingredients in hopes to inform consumers may not be of value. The new generation of crops, dubbed "gene-edited", are created using a technique that splices DNA at specific locations. Since this new experiment is not considered genetically modified, the new GE crops fall outside of the current regulations, therefore do not require labeling.
The new gene edited crop technique has not been used to introduce foreign genes into plants, so far, as compared to the older methods of GE like CRISPR. This process of mixing species is called transgenesis. Catlyxt, a subsidiary of Cellectis experimenting with gene-edited crops, describes the technique like moving the cursor in a word processor to a specific location and making small changes to the text. This loophole offers an opportunity to the FDA to permit companies to roll out the new techniques. So far, acres of gene-edited crops have already been grown in the United States, without restriction or regulation.
Primarily a biopharmaceutical company, Collectis creates gene-edited crops as a side business, after collaborating with behemoth companies like Monsanto and DuPont.
Gene editing is not being limited to plants. Recombinetics, a Minnesota company, is editing the genes of farm animals to create cattle without horns.
The organic food standards have been recommended to exclude gene-edited crops even if grown without pesticides by a USDA advisory board.
Chang, K. (2017, January 10). These foods Aren’t genetically modified but they are “edited.” Science. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/science/genetically-edited-foods-crispr.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur&_r=0
from mercola: [T]here are an unsettling number of foxes being appointed to guard the U.S. health care and food industry hen houses … foxes that have entirely too many connections to Monsanto, the chemical manufacturer turned agricultural giant that is slowly gaining control over the world’s population, one seed at a time.
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is now the Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack has been a strong supporter of genetically engineered crops, including bio-pharmaceutical corn. Vilsack is an ardent supporter of corn and soy-based biofuels, which use as much or more fossil fuel energy to produce them as they generate, while driving up world food prices and literally starving the poor. Overall, Vilsack’s record is one of aiding and abetting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or factory farms and promoting animal cloning. Vilsack is widely regarded as a shill for biotech giants like Monsanto.
Michael Taylor, a former vice president of public policy and chief lobbyist at Monsanto Company, is the new senior advisor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Michael Taylor is the person who is the leading spokesperson on the dangers of GM foods. Taylor also oversaw the policy regarding Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH/rbST). This growth hormone, which has been banned in Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand because of cancer risks and other health concerns, was approved in the United States while Taylor was in charge at the FDA.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff may be appointed the new Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. Not only did Dennis Wolff attempt to ban rbGH-free labels, but OCA points out that he has “also worked to deprive communities the right to ban toxic sewage sludge, factory farms, and GMOs.”
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