Genetically modified plants in Europe

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Roshan
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Genetically modified plants in Europe

I have heard that in Europe genetically modified plants carry special tags for the customer's awarness. Do we have the same regulations in US?

vanishing
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Not only plants - ALL

Not only plants - ALL genetically modified food has to be labeled in Europe

These regulations do not exisat in the US
http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/genetically-engineered-foods.htm

Richard Taylor
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http://www.food.gov.uk

http://www.food.gov.uk/gmfoods/gm_labelling

Is a good overview of the situation in the UK, which follows the EU regulations.

There are exemptions to the labelling requirements possible, including "accidental" inclusing of GM material up to a certain level, and Meat / eggs produced by using GM feed.

Link

abhikgupta
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It is good to know of the

It is good to know of the regulations in Europe. But how to address problems like planting of illegally obtained Bt Cotton seeds in certain parts of India by farmers? Such things are likely to happen in developing countries where many farmers do not have enough resource to buy authentic seeds, and are not aware of the potentially dangerous implications.
abhikgupta

Richard Taylor wrote:

http://www.food.gov.uk/gmfoods/gm_labelling

Is a good overview of the situation in the UK, which follows the EU regulations.

There are exemptions to the labelling requirements possible, including "accidental" inclusing of GM material up to a certain level, and Meat / eggs produced by using GM feed.

Link

jstaylor
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I doubt there will be any

I doubt there will be any answer to this apart from enforcing the existing laws that are in place to prevent such *illegal* planting! That is, this question is not a separate issue from the issue of the enforcement of current laws.

I mean no disrespect to the poster, but isn't this question rather like asking how we can prevent the illegal killing of people (ie.,. murder) better? Again, the issue is not whether we should have new laws, but how we can enforse our current ones more effectively.

Roshan
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jstaylor wrote:I doubt there

jstaylor wrote:

I doubt there will be any answer to this apart from enforcing the existing laws that are in place to prevent such *illegal* planting! That is, this question is not a separate issue from the issue of the enforcement of current laws.

I mean no disrespect to the poster, but isn't this question rather like asking how we can prevent the illegal killing of people (ie.,. murder) better? Again, the issue is not whether we should have new laws, but how we can enforse our current ones more effectively.

I am sorry that you think this way. Using a tag to show a vegetable or a fruit has been genetically modified could be done for customer awarness and I beleive that hundreds of peolpe will not even care. The importance is the ethical issue of such initiative. Years ago it was no difference between organic produce and regular pesticide treated produce and plants. Look now into health food stores growing like mushrooms. Thousands of organic products are in demand and people are willing to pay more to have the natural untreated stuff. The same thing should apply to genetically modified plants or farm animals and give the customer a chance to know and to decide, may be future will show the pros or cons of such products.

jstaylor
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I'm afraid that you have

I'm afraid that you have misunderstood my view; I should have been clearer. I was responding solely to the concerns expressed above regarding the illegal planting of genetically modified plants, and not to the tagging of genetically modified foods.

However, to address the latter issue, who should there be any regulations about this at all? To use your own analogy, organic produce is clearly marked as such because there is a premium for it. If food is not labeled as organic, it is assumed to be non-organic (as these terms are used in this context). So, if people do want non-GM foods, then the market will respond by labeling foods as non-GM foods to gain a march on the GM competitors. If, however, this labeling doesn't happen, then this will be the result of not enough people caring about GM vs. non-GM foodstuffs. I don't see any need at all for regulations to be imposed at all.

Jason King
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I aggree with the above.

I aggree with the above. Market forces will eventually satisfy the market (us).

And, just in case there is still some doubt (as I think one of the postings suggests), ORGANIC FOODS ARE NOT PESTICIDE / CHEMICAL FREE. Under organic growth guidelines there are about 5 or 6 chemicals that are allowed.

Roshan
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parvoman wrote:I aggree with

parvoman wrote:

I aggree with the above. Market forces will eventually satisfy the market (us).

And, just in case there is still some doubt (as I think one of the postings suggests), ORGANIC FOODS ARE NOT PESTICIDE / CHEMICAL FREE. Under organic growth guidelines there are about 5 or 6 chemicals that are allowed.

By going to the following link you will find out the importance of GM foods and their impact on People. we cannot be left in dark, science must be communicated before an unknown complication occurs and then we realize we should have been notified.
http://www.actionbioscience.org/biotech/sakko.html