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Americans are slowly realizing that food sold in the US doesn’t just taste different than foods sold in other countries, it’s created differently. Sadly, many U.S. foods are BANNED in Europe — and for good reason.
The frustrated neighbors have some legitimate concerns about a service that brings hungry people into a neighborhood without the capacity to care for their other needs (or the systemic causes of their hunger).
But these laws also look like attempts to push the homeless out of public view. If a city can’t get rid of these people, in other words, maybe it can get rid of the activities that so visibly attract them.
The ability to treat cancer, and to transplant organs, because doing those successfully relies on suppressing the immune system and willingly making ourselves vulnerable to infection.
Any treatment that relies on a permanent port into the bloodstream — for instance, kidney dialysis.
Any major open-cavity surgery, on the heart, the lungs, the abdomen.
Any surgery on a part of the body that already harbors a population of bacteria: the guts, the bladder, the genitals.
Implantable devices: new hips, new knees, new heart valves.
Cosmetic plastic surgery.
We’d lose the ability to treat people after traumatic accidents, as major as crashing your car and as minor as your kid falling out of a tree.
We’d lose the safety of modern childbirth: Before the antibiotic era, 5 women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of every nine skin infections killed. Three out of every 10 people who got pneumonia died from it.
And we’d lose, as well, a good portion of our cheap modern food supply.
Contrary to industry claims, there is no scientific consensus that GE foods are safe. The Food and Drug Administration neither conducts nor requires independent safety assessments of GE foods, so market approval for GE crops are based on industry research alone. Most of this research examines only nutritional equivalence—calorie, fat, and vitamin content, for example—not toxicity to consumers. The Washington State Academy of Sciences, a panel created by the State Legislature to provide unbiased analysis of issues important to the State, recently recommended “long-term, thorough, and case-by-case scientific studies” for GE plants. WSAS also calls for better testing protocols. Until reliable data from improved testing are available, it cannot be claimed that GE foods pose no risk to human health.
Possible health impacts aside, GE foods have significant environmental, economic, and social impacts that consumers should consider.
The FDA announcement Thursday that it was moving to eliminate added trans fat from processed food means that microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, refrigerated dough, cookies and ready-to-use frostings are too much of a health risk. Yes, even that coffee creamer is trying to kill you.
Anti-GMO activists spend a huge amount of energy fighting against GMO foods, which are probably perfectly okay to eat. Meanwhile, the overuse of antibiotics is creating a huge threat to public health. Maybe the anti-GMO folks could re-focus their efforts and help save lives.
This article makes it seem like we have to care about one or the other.