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Pesticides & Genetically Engineered Foods

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

For Teachers & Students

The constellation of genetically engineered foods

IMAGE ON RIGHT TAKEN FROM: The New Farm Farmer-to-Farmer Know-How From the Rodale Institute
The New Farm http://www.newfarm.org/index.shtml

The Constellation 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.

The 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®.

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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 need more.

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.....  

Got Pesticides? 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 learn more..... 

Genetically Modified Foods: Breeding Uncertainty HTML / PDFPDF file of Genetically Modified Foods from EHP Genetically modified (GM) crops first appeared commercially in the mid-1990s to what seemed a bright and promising future. Resistant to pests and the herbicides used to control weeds, these new crops were so popular with farmers that millions of acres were planted with them by the turn of the millennium. Today, GM crops are grown commercially by 8.25 million farmers on 200 million acres spread throughout 17 countries, reports the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). Read to learn more...

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Genetically Modified (GM) Crops and Foods: Worldwide Regulation, Prohibition and Production http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/geneticall5.cfm The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization.

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SoulRise: Genetically Engineered Foods http://www.soulrise.com/common/engfoods.htm 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....
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Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/ is a non-profit organisation, with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific....."Genetic engineering of food is an inherently risky process. Current understanding of genetics is extremely 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." Greenpeace believes this is unacceptable. Read More Click to read more....
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Contents on this webpage were developed by Stephanie Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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