This week, the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) takes a stand against the misleading rhetoric about biotech sweet corn, calling attention to the safety of the food and its benefits to farmers and our environment. In the blog Food Insight, Dave Schmidt, CEO of IFIC, points out, “Since the 1990’s people around the world have been safely consuming many food products containing biotech crops.”
Mr. Schmidt calls for a more informed public discussion to help consumers better understand the benefits of biotechnology. Biotech sweet corn has been safely consumed by consumers for a decade and continues to benefit the environment by reducing the use of insecticides. Check out IFIC’s article on biotech sweet corn and other resources here.
Recently, there’s been some misinformation circulating about foods that contain biotech ingredients and regulations governing food labeling. Below, get the scientific facts on biotech food safety from the international science community:
1. Biotech Foods are safe to eat
Biotech crops have been cultivated for more than 15 years, and food derived from agricultural biotechnology have been eaten by billions of people without any significant health problems. And, even before the introduction of biotech crops, nature has constantly modified crops as part of the natural balance of gene selection.
2. The Leading Scientific authorities declare biotech crops are safe
The world’s top scientific authorities - such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization the World Health Organization, the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association have concluded that foods containing biotech ingredients pose no more risk to people than any other food.
3. The U.S. authorities responsible for regulating biotech products declare they are safe
The Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection will not approve biotech products until they are proven safe for human consumption and safe for the environment.
4. Biotech Foods are “indistinguishable” from foods produced through traditional methods
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations state that requiring the labeling of foods that are indistinguishable from foods produced with biotech ingredients would mislead consumers by falsely implying differences where none exist.
For more information on biotech labeling, visit: http://www.bio.org/sites/default/files/200103biotech_ag_faq_1.pdf and the FDA’s Guidance for Food Labeling