Genetically Modified (GM) foods and Cloned foods are in the food market. Do we have a choice as to whether we eat them or not? One of the most important things we can do for our health is QUESTION what we eat.   Australian Food Standards says, if “the composition and characteristics of the foods is exactly the same as the non-GM food” then we don’t need to label it.  BUT WAIT…Is that the only thing that is important?

Foods need to be labelled ‘genetically modified’ in Australia if:

  • GM foods that contain novel DNA or protein must be labelled with the words.
  • Where there is a changed nutritional characteristic in a food, such as an increase in an amount of nutrient.
  • Novel DNA or protein is different in chemical sequence or structure from DNA or protein present in the same food that has not been produced using GM technology.

Foods do not need labeling if:

  • The composition and characteristics of the foods is exactly the same as the non-GM food.  These are usually highly refined foods such as oils and sugars.
  • Flavouring that is at a concentration of no more than 0.1%.
  • If there is no more than 1% (per ingredient) of an approved GM food.
  • Food prepared and sold from restaurants, takeaway food outlets, caterers and vending machines.

Where to find GM on a label?

  • If packaged it is next to the name of the food or with the ingredient list.
  • If unpackaged it is displayed close to the food at the point of sale.

What are the current applications and approvals of what can be grown in Australia?

  • Soybean
  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Potato
  • Sugarbeet
  • Cotton
  • Wheat
  • Lucerne
  • Rice

All livestock can be fed the approved GM products above.

Field trials of pineapple, papayas, wheat, barley and sugarcane are underway in Australia. These products have been modified for insect resistance, herbicide tolerance, color, oil production, sugar composition, flowering and fruit development.  Gene technology research is also underway in Australia on bananas.

Fresh GM potatoes currently cannot be sold in Australia, only processed GM potato products.

More information about GM labeling can be found at the Food Standards Code in Australia.

Australia says, if “the composition and characteristics of the foods is exactly the same as the non-GM food” then we don’t need to label it.  BUT WAIT…Is that the only thing that is important?

These are just a few, but there are many other resources on the internet questioning GM foods, which is wonderful.

Are we eating cloned foods?

Cloning is a technology that creates a copy of another organism.  This type of food is not regulated the same way as GM foods because the technology is different to GM organism.

Supposedly, in Australia and New Zealand only a small number of elite breeding stock are cloned and it is unlikely to end up on our table. “unlikely”????  pretty vague remark from The Food Standards Code in Australia.  However, in the UK meat and milk from cloned animals has entered the food supply and there is no regulation for labeling.  The US Food and Drug Administration have released a report that cloned animals, their offspring and products are as safe as their conventional counterparts.  What did they base this on?

What effect does cloned food have on human health?

There is plenty of information regarding cloned animals prematurely dying  from immune dysfunction or kidney or brain malformation.  There are no studies on humans.  I’m guessing we are the study.  How will cloned food effect humans that are consuming it?

For more information regarding cloning check out: Center for Food Safety, End Animal Cloning, Daily Mail, Australia regarding Unlabeled Clone Meat, and if you are interested in Human Cloning, check out the Council for Responsible Genetics.

Again, there is a lot of information in relation to cloning on the internet, but either way we look at it, the subject is still fairly new, since the first popularized clone “Dolly” the sheep in 1996, many clones have been made, from my research, it appears that they do come with premature disease and early death.  Dolly also had premature age related diseases such as progressive lung disease and severe arthritis and lived half the life expectancy of a non cloned sheep.

What if I don’t want to eat any of those?

Choose ORGANIC or BIODYNAMIC labeled foods.  The easiest way to be sure is to stay away from packaged foods that have ingredients listed with ANY numbers, corn, soy, wheat, canola, potato, corn, lucerne, rice or sugarbeet and look for labels that say no GMO, which is a voluntary food label.   If you are eating meat, choose Grass Fed Meat.  If more people choose ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC and GRASS FED MEAT then the QUALITY of the food supply has to rise.  It’s an individual and a collective choice.

If your interested in looking further into this information and would like some inspiration, I highly recommend the documentary BOUGHT at YEKRA.COM.  

“The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and food… Americas health has been BOUGHT. Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. Three big, BIG, okay… HUGE topics in one film.”

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