Definition[ edit ] Genetically modified foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering as opposed to traditional cross breeding.
Brossard, cited in NRC b. What is clear is that public awareness about genetic engineering as a process and about the potential applications of genetic engineering has remained low around the globe since the introduction of commercial GE crops in the mids. When articulated, support of or opposition to genetic engineering in different countries has fluctuated widely, depending on the country, the timeframe, and the cultural and informational context Brossard, ; controversies around GE crops have unfolded differently around the world.
The National Academies Press. The committee believes that accurate and thorough characterization applies as much to benefits as it does to risks, and it has striven to describe the risks and benefits associated with GE crops in a manner that balances detail and makes its analysis accessible to a broad audience.
Points of view among people already familiar with GE crops are split on such topics as the effect of these crops on the environment Chapter 4 and the implications of GE crops and their accompanying technologies for human health Chapter 5.
There is also disagreement about the risks and benefits for farmers who grow various GE crops and the effects of adoption on communities in rural areas and developing countries Chapter 6. Issues of ownership of and access to technology are also debated Chapter 6. In laying out the framework of its report, the committee was aware of the multitude of actors that contribute to the governance of genetic engineering in agriculture.
The committee highlights here the tradeoffs involved in any structure of governance of GE crops. Page 52 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Indeed, the committee identified a number of institutions that attempt to exert influence over farmers, consumers, and each other in the realm of GE crops.
Regional, 4 national, and subnational governments and tribal governments in the United States shape behavior in many ways, including regulations, incentives, and funding. For example, governments issue permits for testing new GE crops or traits, which may be accompanied by conditions regarding confinement and post-trial monitoring.
Governments promulgate laws and regulations that require safety assessments of GE crops. They may create intellectual-property rules that protect GE crop inventions. To the extent that private intellectual-property or contractual disputes or tort actions arise with respect to GE crops, governments are involved through the court systems that adjudicate those actions.
Governments can also be a source of research funding for GE crops. Upstream private, for-profit companies—such as ones that develop GE traits and incorporate them into crop varieties—also fund research. Their goal is to develop a commercial product, something government-supported projects may or may not target.
Furthermore, the companies develop and acquire intellectual property and defend it from infringement. The companies also recoup a technology-use fee from farmers for the GE trait in crops. Downstream companies—those closer to the food consumer, such as food manufacturers and retailers—exert their influence by setting standards.
That practice has become a strong force of governance in the global agrifood system in general Reardon and Farina, ; Hatanaka et al. However, private standard-setting is not the domain only of for-profit companies.
Many nongovernmental organizations NGOs also set standards, and private standards developed by manufacturers, retailers, and NGOs exist alongside the regulatory standards of governments. Although they are rarely legally binding, private standards have often de facto become mandatory for suppliers Henson and Reardon, ; Henson, Examples pertaining to GE crops are a food manufacturer that does not allow ingredients made from GE crops and an NGO that acts as a third-party certifier to ascertain that a product is not made with any GE crops.
The effects of private standards may reach far upstream, influencing whether a GE seed developer decides to introduce a particular trait into the market. No central international authority governs all facets of food production and consumption Busch,but the Codex Alimentarius Commission sets nonlegally-binding standards for assessing the safety of foods derived from GE crops CAC, ab.Food safety is an important and emotionally charged issue.
We all want our food to be safe. For most of us, however, the safety of our food is largely out of our hands. Other people grow, pick, clean, inspect, transport, and sell us our food. If you eat at a restaurant, others also prepare the food.
The point is that the issue of genetically engineered food also touches many other related issues such as poverty, intellectual property of indigenous knowledge, corporate/trade rights vs. people's rights and so on. The mainstream media in the US and in some other countries, fail to consider this.
May 11, · In this context, although some regulations exist, there is a need for continuous vigilance for all countries involved in producing genetically engineered food to follow the international scientific bio-safety testing guidelines containing reliable pre-release experiments and post-release track of transgenic plants to protect public health and.
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