What’s happening in North America regarding GMOs? How do North American nations/States view GMOs and their import? Which North American States ban GMOs, or have moratoriums on GMOs? North Americans are much more open to the subject of GMOs than the rest of the world. That doesn’t mean that all is well in paradise. There seems to be a movement afoot to label products ‘non-GMO’, even products that are not available as GMO as a marketing ploy. At least in North America there are not all-out bans like those that exist in approximately three dozen countries around the world. The US produces GMO corn, soy, cotton, potatos, alfalfa, canola, papaya, squash, and sugarbeet. Additionally, tomato, rapeseed, rice, beet, rose, plum, tobacco, flax and cichorium intybus are approved (but not currently producted) source: time.com
Canada produces GMO canola, soy, corn, and sugar beet, and is the fifth largest producer of GMO produce in the world (behind the US, Brazil, Argentina, and India source: statista.com. In all, 85 GM foods have been approved for sale in Canada.
The USDA issued a release this past week stating that the agency does not have any plans to regulate plants that have been genome-edited… What the USDA is doing here is drawing a line in the sand: if a plant (or whatever) is altered by adding genes from some unrelated plant, it’ll be regulated. If no other plant is involved, you can mess around in the genome of your subject however much you want, without oversight. Plants that would thus qualify for regulation-free modification include those edited with a process usually referred to as CRISPR, or gene editing.
The federal government has given the final OK to three more types of potatoes genetically engineered by Boise’s J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. They are safe for the environment and safe to eat, officials announced. Story here
It’s been proven safe and effective in other countries. The NBC2 investigators broke the story last month when the FDA gave the green light to release genetically modified mosquitos in a Florida Keys neighborhood. Continue reading “Trial Shows Positive Results”
Between July and November 2015, a survey of those living in a Key West neighborhood revealed considerable opposition to using genetically modified mosquitos (sample size was 89 households).
In contrast, a recent Annenberg Public Policy survey (509 Florida respondents) tips the scale in the other direction. The Florida respondents were more likely to lean in the direction of GM mosquitos than those from other parts of the country. The center has released a guide for broadcasters covering the issue (there is some useful information for others in there as well).
The platform for Green party candidate Jill Stein contains what the media is calling ‘anti-science’ items, including a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides (until they can be proven safe). Stein, a retired medical doctor, has been very involved with the issue of toxicity in children. She is anti-big-business. She has a mistrust of big agri-business, including Monsanto. It will be interesting to see if she can elevate the GMO moratorium to a National debate. See this article by CNN’s Eli Watkins.