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The Safety of Bioengineered Food

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Brittany Renee' Roelofs

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Transcript of The Safety of Bioengineered Food

Cons and More Cons
While the US supports the idea, Europe is against it.
They believe:
The multinational biotech companies will eventually dominate the world food supply and squeeze out traditional farmers
Introducing allergens and toxins to food
Accidental cross contamination between modified and non-modified foods
Antibiotic resistance
Creation of “Super weeds” & other environmental risks

The Safety of Bioengineered Food



Clicker Question #1
Do you think genetically modified food makes up a large portion of your diet?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I have no idea
The Prevalence of genetically modified ingredients
60% to 70% of processed foods have genetically modified ingredients

U.S. is largest producer of genetically modified crops $$$$

Only 52% of Americans realized that genetically modified foods are sold in grocery stores and only 26% believed that they have ever eaten genetically modified foods

World Views
The U.S. government's position: Genetically engineered crops are safe, resist disease better, and can provide much-needed food in starving nations.

The EU position: Keep it out. We prefer organic, which is much healthier. The risk of genetically modified foods to health and the environment outweigh the benefits.

Pro's
Benefits of Genetically Modified Food’s:
Increased pest and disease resistance
Herbicide tolerance
Nutrition
Drought and Cold tolerance
Increased food supply
Phytoremediation

What is Bioengineered Food?
Definition: Crop plants that have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired trait.
-Resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content.
60-70% of processed foods in US stores
Common genetically modified foods include:
Soybeans, corn, and cotton
* Also known as a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)


Monsanto is a publicly traded American multinational chemical, and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Dominates the industry, accounting for a 90% share of genetically modified crops worldwide

First to genetically modify a plant cell, along with three academic teams, which was announced in 1983

As of 2012, Monsanto's line of seed products includes agricultural seeds and vegetable seeds which are genetically modified for resistance to herbicides, such as glyphosate.

Monsanto was a pioneer in applying the biotechnology industry business model to agriculture

Regulations
Regulations for genetically modified foods fall under three areas:

FDA, EPA, USDA but market approval is mostly left to the companies creating the technology.

Most experts agree on one point: the regulation system is flawed

To Label or Not to Label
NOT required by law to label foods
People should have the right to know
Possibility of consumer rejection
Public opposition- Europe banned GM foods
US companies are making the switch too
Frito-Lay
Gerber Baby food
Many others

Take Action - Power of the dollar
Clicker Question #2
Do you think genetically modified food makes up a large portion of your diet?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I still don’t know

Clicker Question #3
It is required to label genetically modified food in the United States.

A. True
B. False
Clicker Question #4
What percent of food contains genetically modified ingredients?

A. 25% - 30%
B. 60%-70%
C. 5% - 10%
Answer
B. 60% to 70%
Answer
B. False
We hope you enjoyed our presentation & have a great day!
Sources
Whitman, Deborah B. "Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?" Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? N.p., Apr. 2000. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.

"Are biotech foods safe to eat." WebMD. WebMD, 2010. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/are-biotech-foods-safe-to-eat>.

Smith, Jeffrey M. "GMO Researchers Attacked, Evidence Denied, and a Population at Risk." SOTT. SOTT, 1 Nov. 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. <http://www.sott.net/article/237064-GMO-Researchers-Attacked-Evidence-Denied-and-a-Population-at-Risk#>.





Group 22 - November 4th

Brittany Roelofs, Chris Bredernitz, Blake Glapa, Tyler Glombowsla, Danielle Hazard, Sara Kettelhut, & Scott Overcashier

Web MD "Are biotech foods safe to eat"
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