Dr. Andy

Reflections on medicine and biology among other things

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Or maybe not

Two headlines above the same AP story on genetically modified foods:

Genetically Modified Foods Eaten Regularly (Excite)

Americans clueless about gene-altered foods (MSNBC)

I realize the two headlines aren't contradictory and, in fact, both are accurate, if not complete. I'd be interested to know the funding of the "Grocery Manufacturers of America." It sounds like a group representing processed food makers, but it is hard to know.

FWIW, I think GM food is safe and the process just speeds up what farmers and plant breeders have done for thousands of years. As an allergist, I am a bit worried about poorly labelled GM food leading to reactions in people who don't realize a food contains something they are allergic too.


At 1:15 AM, Blogger BotanicalGirl said...

As a botanist working with genetic engineering, this is a topic close to my heart. (brain?) It's refreshing to see a scientist from another field agree with me that GM food is safe.

Americans are ignorant of a lot of things. Especially science and medicine, which are two topics frequently used for fear-mongering.

One of these days I'll do a post or three on GM food. Thanks for the good eye on the headlines.


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