Genetic Engineering does indeed have problems

Rcjohnsen rcjohnsen at
Mon Feb 21 23:02:26 EST 2000

<< Subject: Re: Genetic Engineering does indeed have problems
From: cherubini at  (Paul Cherubini)
Date: Sat, Feb 19, 2000 7:55 AM
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Bruce Walsh wrote:

> I never stated that GM organisms (GMO) are without problems.

Bruce, what might be some potential problems, from a human health standpoint,
(if any) with the GM food crops (e.g. corn, soybeans & potatoes) now in 
production vs. those we have traditionally eaten which are also highly 
modified from their original stocks via the artificial selection method
of genetic engineering?

In other words, is there any scientific basis to the concern that there could
be significant "unforeseen human health consequences" involved with eating
the GM corn, soybean and potatoe products now on the market? Concerns
possibly legitimate enough to warrant special food safety testing and labeling?

Or would mandating special testing and labeling requirements amount to
imposing a double standard without a valid scientific basis?

Paul Cherubini
I think the essential step is to let people decide what they're going to eat by
simply labelling products as genetically engineered products.  I also believe
that people ought to have to choice of eating or not eating irradiated foods. 
Irradiation causes perooxide and oxidation compounds known to be
mutagens(possible carcinogens).  Bruce Ames Salmonella bacteria test for
mutations might be an
appropriate test for such treated foods.

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