Pesticides & Genetically Engineered Foods
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FROM: The New Farm Farmer-to-Farmer Know-How From the Rodale Institute
New Farm http://www.newfarm.org/index.shtml
of Organic Values "Organic farming isn't value-added.
It is value-based." Jim Riddle states, founder
of the Independent Organic Inspectors
Association / en
español and has affiliation with the National
Organic Standards Board.
Rodale Institute® / Kids
Regen.Org® <http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/> a
global leader in regenerative agriculture,
is devoted to innovative agriculture research,
outreach and training through The New Farm® programs.
The Institute works with people worldwide to achieve
a regenerative food system that renews and
improves environmental and human health,
working with the followingh philosophy:
Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People®.
Global Issues <http://www.globalissues.org/EnvIssues/GEFood.asp> The
potential benefits of genetically engineered food are exciting. At the
same time though, there are real concerns on biodiversity, the ecosystem
and people's safety if such food has not been tested properly and guaranteed
to be safe. As economics are factored in, there is also some concern
as to who benefits from such technology, people in need, or people who
The most common foods, such as apples, may contain harmful amounts of pesticides.
| "Frankenfoods" or
Brave New World? <http://www.factmonster.com/spot/frankenfoods1.html> Skeptics
claim that the so-called "Frankenstein foods" pose
an insidious threat to the environment and to the world's
food supply. Proponents envision a future in which the
wonders of biogenetics benefit humankind. Consumers
worldwide fear yet-to-be-determined health risks.
The debate surrounding the genetic engineering of
food has greatly escalated. Citing
conflicting research, opposing camps trade accusations
of hysteria and corporate greed.
So which is it? This article presents both
sides to the agrument. Read to learn more.....
Ten years after Alar,
the well-known apple crisis of 1989, pesticide use on
fruits and vegetables has only
increased. Today, according
to the Environmental Working Group,
20 million American children age five and under eat
an average of 8 pesticides
a day, every day-a total of more than
2,900 pesticide exposures per child per year. Read to
Genetically Engineered Foods
Chances are you already have many genetically modified products in
your kitchen. According to Greenpeace, 60 to 70% of processed foods
currently contain genetically engineered/modified ingredients. A genetically
modified product is a plant, animal or microorganism (bacteria) that
is "created" by artificial engineering. Read to learn more....
is a non-profit organisation, with a presence in 40 countries across
the Americas, Asia and the Pacific....."Genetic engineering of
food is an inherently risky process. Current understanding of genetics
limited and scientists do not know the long-term effects of releasing
these unpredictable foods into our environment and our diets.Yet, genetically
engineered ingredients are freely entering our food without adequate
safeguards in place and without explicit consumer consent and knowledge."
this is unacceptable. Read
on this webpage were developed by Stephanie
Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology,
Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.