EU-US trade deal 'will dismantle GM health protections'
The proposed deal wants to tie health issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to 'accepted, science-based standards' and 'harmonize regulations and standards that can hinder transatlantic trade and investment'.
"This is doublespeak for watering down the EU's already weak GM regulatory system to the level of the almost non-existent regulation in the US" said Claire Robinson, research director at Earth Open Source.
"The US system assumes that GM foods are no different from non-GM foods and so do not require special regulatory oversight or safety tests."
"If the new trade agreement goes through, it will be illegal under World Trade Organisation rules for the EU to have a stronger regulatory system for GMOs than the US system. It will be a race to the bottom in which public health will be the loser."
"The proposed agreement fits neatly with ongoing attempts by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Commission to water down the EU’s GMO regulatory system to the US level."
EU laws on GMOs aim at a high level of protection for human and animal health and the environment.
But they have been undermined by weak guidelines for risk assessment of GMOs developed by the GM industry-funded International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and adopted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
In September last year Earth Open Source warned that the EU's GMO risk assessment methods would be further weakened by a draft Regulation currently passing through the Commission’s opaque comitology process.
The draft Regulation is scheduled for a possible vote in a meeting of the Commission’s standing committee on the food chain and animal health on 25 February.
The draft Regulation does not require long-term animal feeding trials on GMOs, such as that carried out by Prof GE Séralini’s team at the University of Caen, which found serious health effects in rats fed GM maize over a long-term 2-year period.
Currently, industry often carries out a short 90-day animal feeding study on a GMO it hopes to commercialise.
But the draft Regulation fails to make even this type of study mandatory and enables it to be waived in the future.
It also allows the GM food to escape a full risk assessment and safety testing if it is deemed equivalent to a non-GM food in a process that is based on assumptions, rather than scientific testing.
Robinson said: "The system laid down in the draft Regulation is not based on science but on a US-inspired ‘don’t look, don’t find’ attitude among industry and regulators. It’s now clear that the draft Regulation and the proposed free trade agreement are working in tandem to dismantle the EU’s public health protections on GMOs."
The draft Regulation has reportedly been frozen in its progress through the Commission’s comitology process, pending agreements on proposals to allow EU member states to place national bans on growing GMOs.
""This is doublespeak for watering down the EU's already weak GM regulatory system to the level of the almost non-existent regulation in the US" said Claire Robinson, research director at Earth Open Source."
Right on, Claire Robinson. There is little or no regulatory oversight in the US on GMOs. Due to Monsanto and the chemical/"agricultural" mafia, the American people are being force fed GMOs. Even as I write this, GMOs and its "inputs" appear to be destroying everything they touch in America: the soil, the water, the air, crops, the science, the portions of the academic community beholden to GE research, and the political structures which should oversee the regulation of this high school science fair technology.
And like Monsanto, the WTO has to be one of the most evil organizations on the planet. BTW, the regulatory agencies of the EU should be massively investigated.
We can not feed the populations on poisoned dead soil with genetically modified foods!
Tons upon tons of nutritional gold is sitting in landfills all over the globe.
WE MUST FEED OUR LAND !
We can not keep taking and taking and not give back. we must collect food waste to feed our lands so the food we take into our bodies contain the vital essential nutrients our bodies need. Our bodies were not designed to deal with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and chemically made vitamins and minerals ! We have already established what pesticides have done to the bees brains , what about our brains and that of our children's. Cancer is rife and to let this *what i feel is tantamount to genocide*carry on is a crime against the whole of humanity.......Monsanto and their ilk are nutritionally starving and poisoning your countries people and lands WAKE UP !! it is not all about the profits , hang on or is it? There are swathes of money to be saved on medical bills of your country if your people are getting the proper nutrition. There is gold in landfills Just screaming to be collected. Once food is collected and rotted down our lands get fed the soil becomes health vibrant and filled with NATURAL NUTRIENTS that our bodies were designed to take full benefit ergo: HEALTH OF A NATION . Once the soils are well mulched they will retain much more moisture needing less water in times of drought. when the food is rotting down the gasses that it produces can be turned into energy. I am just an ordinary bipolar woman with virtually zip education, if I can figure this simple equation out what the hell are we paying the European union for or our over educated pompous politicians for ??? STOP THE MADNESS !
Refusing to accept technology and change is going to leave you stranded in out of date, inefficient farming processes and destroy the environment you claim to be trying so hard to save.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039158_farmers_GMOs_crop_yields.html#ixzz2LNRIUcUt
And have you noticed that Really Big Business is getting fed up with the GMO industry creating more problems than it solves, and failing to keep consumers onside? Time to sell those shares, or get a proper job.
The WTO is a criminal organisation and they should be charged with crimes against humanity for the harm they have brought to bear upon the innocent people in developing nations via pernicious and exploitation based legislation which only favours he rich fat cats.
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