One of the things that many people in the non-GMO movement don’t realize is that despite record-breaking organic sales in recent years, the battle to keep GMOs off our dinner plates is far from over.
In fact, it may just be getting started.
That’s because a new process being dubbed “GM 2.0” is just waiting to be unleashed upon the world, in ways that could affect how and what we eat more than ever before.
Lately, a new conflict over whether or not these new foods should be labeled and regulated the same as traditional GMOs or not has been heating up in Europe — and it’s something everyone should follow if they care about human health and the future of food as we know it.
EU Must Act to Avoid “Backdoor” GMOs on Our Dinner Tables
According to a new article from the website Euractiv.com, the European Court of Justice is set to rule in the coming weeks on whether new genetic modification techniques to make foods and farm crops are fully covered by existing safety laws.
At stake is whether these new “GM 2.0” crops should be safety-checked and labeled, or perhaps even banned like traditional GMOs — or simply brought to market in the same way that traditional foods are allowed.
The technique, known as CRISPR, is the focus of Monsanto’s new $125 million plan to flood the market with “longer-lasting” GMOs, including the potential creation of GMO wheat and strawberries.
In the United States, these foods are being approved without independent safety testing and labeling.
In Europe, the question is whether or not they will be given the same sensible and precautionary restrictions as traditional GMOs.
Clean Food Leader Speaks Out Against New GMOs
“Immediately after the ruling, the European Commission must quickly get its act together and ensure crops produced from new GM techniques are safety-checked and labelled, otherwise it will face public backlash and regulatory problems,” writes Mute Schimpf, a food campaigner with the organization Friends of the Earth Europe.
If allowed unchecked, these new GMOs will almost certainly proliferate until they make up a huge portion of our food supply, because they can be created with novel “traits” that help the food industry but do absolutely nothing for consumers, except to add more safety concerns.
For example, the new CRSIPR non-browning apple was created solely in order to help the food industry, and offers virtually no benefit to the consumer.
It does offer risks however because of no independent safety testing and the fact that it is completely unlabeled and will likely be used in restaurant foods.
GMO 2.0 Technology is Completely Unregulated in The United States
Already, new GMOs made using this technique have found their way to dinner plates in the U.S. in relatively limited qualities, including apples and potatoes.
But unlike the expected ruling in Europe, these foods are being given special treatment here and won’t be labeled, thanks in large part to our politicians’ cozy ties to Monsanto and the Biotech industry (including Donald Trump, unfortunately).
That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye on this issue moving forward: the very future of food as we know it could be at stake.
For more information on these new “next-generation GMOs,” check out the full article by clicking on this link.