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> Dear Friend,
> This article, which just came out in the March issue of Tone magazine in
> Ottawa Canada, summarized sume of the main issues with genetically
> engineered foods.  At the end, there are instructions on how to contact
> Codex representives to request mandatory labelling.
> Best wishes
> Richard
> .......................................
> Gene Altered Foods Flood World Market
> UN Codex Committee Decides in Ottawa
> (from Tone Magazine, Ottawa, Canada, March 1997)
> by R Wolfson, PhD
> >From April 14-18, 1997, the UN Codex Committee on Food Labelling 
> (CCFL)
> meets in Ottawa.  Under the strong influence of the food industry, this
> Committee makes regulations concerning what foods are allowed on the
> international market, and the labelling of these foods.
> This meeting in Ottawa is critical to the entire world's food supply.
> Regulations are being considered that would allow thousands of genetically
> engineered (GE) products to flood the world market.  The biotech industry
> is lobbying Codex to pass internationally binding legislation allowing
> these experimental foods in every country, without labelling or extensive
> testing, and mixed in with other foods.
> What is on the market now?
> How would you feel knowing you were eating tomatoes that contain fish
> genes, or canola oil containing human genes?   Well, you may already be
> eating these foods and not know it.  GE foods already on the market 
> include
> tomatoes with fish genes, potatoes and corn with toxin genes, and canola
> oil and soy beans that allow more pesticide use.  In addition, hundreds of
> processed foods, including baby foods, cereals, fruit drinks, cheese, and
> soy products contain GE ingredients.
> The biotech industry, working with the government, has quietly introduced
> these GE foods, unlabelled and mixed in with other foods, so as not to
> alarm the public.
> Is there any rational reason for being alarmed?
> One major problem with genetic engineering is unpredicted side-effects.
> Because the genetic code is so complex, when we insert even one foreign
> gene in an organism, it impossible to predict or test for all effects.  New
> toxins, allergies, and diseases, are a few of the results already seen.
> For instance, one of the largest seed companies inserted a gene from a
> brazil nut into a soybean to create a soybean with a more complete 
> protein.
> However, this soybean also caused an unexpected and severe allergic
> reaction in certain individuals, which could have even been fatal.
> Luckily, the producer stumbled onto this problem and the soybean was not
> released.
> Many have heard of the case in 1989 when 37 North Americans died and
> thousands were permanently disabled from a mysterious disease (called
> eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome or EMS), caused by the unexpected toxic
> side-effects of a GE food supplement, GE tryptophan.  Many hundreds are
> still in a chronic phase of this painful, debilitating condition.  (See EMS
> home page
> Scientists have also raised concerns that virus genes being put in our
> foods could mutate into super-viruses, while the spread of antibiotic
> resistance genes already in many GE foods may result in epidemics.
> Why Genetic Engineering?
> Many GE foods are engineered to make weed control or insect control 
> easier
> for farmers.  For instance, GE canola, soybeans, and corn, are more
> resistant to herbicides.  This allows farmers to spray with more herbicide
> to kill weeds, without damaging crops.  However, another result is
> increased use of pesticides that are acutely toxic to humans.
> Other GE products, such as GE potatoes, corn, and cotton contain their 
> own
> toxin (called Bt) to kill insects that try to eat the plant.  Yes, the
> toxin is in the part of the plant that we eat!  Because animals who ate
> these foods did not get sick within a few weeks, researchers concluded 
> that
> the foods are safe for humans.  However, many doctors and scientists are
> concerned about possible long-term toxic side-effects for humans, which
> have not been tested for.
> The biotech industry has been quite successful in lobbying government
> regulators to allow GE foods on the market without extensive testing.  The
> principle of "substantial equivalence" is used to quickly approve GE foods
> if they appear to identical to their non-GE counterpart in a few
> characteristics, such as nutrition, flavour, and texture.  Short-term
> financial gain by these large, multi-national biotech companies is taking
> precedence over the unknown long-term side-effects of these foods.  
> Because
> genetic mistakes will be passed on to all future generations, decisions at
> this Codex meeting could place the entire human race at risk.
> Environmental Effects
> The herbicide-resistant crops ar expected to result in a 3-fold increase in
> herbicide use.  When these GE plants cross-pollinate with wild species in
> the fields, herbicide resistant superweeds can result (and are already
> being seen), which spread wildly, force out other species, and create
> ecological havoc.  The use of insect resistant crops containing BT toxin
> can result in superbugs that resist pesticides and also damage organic
> production.
> What We Can Do:
> If you would like to see mandatory labelling of all genetically engineered
> foods and their derivatives, you can send a letter, fax, or email to your
> Codex representative expressing your request.
> Finding your codex representative
> In Canada, concerns can be sent to the Head of the Canadian Delegatation:
> Mr. Gerry Reasbeck, e-mail:
> In USA, concerns can be directed to Ms. Rhonda Bond and/or Mr. Patrick
> Clerkin, Office of the U.S. Coordinator for the Codex Alimentarius,
> e-mail:
> A copy of concerns can be sent to Mr. Thomas J. Billy, A/U.S. Coordinator
> for the Codex Alimentarius, U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Room 331-E,
> Administration,14th and Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.
> 20250-3700  Tel: 202-770-7025  Fax:  202-690-4437.
> For all other countries, you can look up the your Codex representative on
> the Codex website:
> Under this topic, choose the subheading:  - List of Codex Contact Points
> You will find the name, address, phone, and fax number for your Codex
> representatives.
> In your letter to your Codex representative, you can simply state that you
> want mandatory labeling of all genetic engineering foods, in order to
> protect consumer health, and so consumers can choose for themselves 
> whether
> they wish to consume these products.
> _________________________________________________________
> Richard Wolfson,  PhD
> Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Food
> Natural Law Party
> 500 Wilbrod Street
> Ottawa, ON  Canada  K1N 6N2
> Tel. 613-565-8517  Fax. 613-565-6546
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