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Posted by Walt Stoll on October 21, 2003 at 05:52:19:


This another example of how much harder we all will have to work in the future to maintain or regain our health. Our bodyminds are a microcosm of the macrocosm we all have to live in.



The USDA funded this grant to research how to market GM foods
better... Does anyone else have a problem with this????
Be Well,
Misty L. Trepke

Genetically Engineered foods accepted in US Survey-Food
less nutritious

The following story simply amazes me. The problems and dangers of
genetically engineered plants and animals (and mixtures thereof) to
produce "efficient handling and long shelf life" is very dangerous.
The problems are without end including the spread of these
Frankenstein like plants that will readily crowd out natural plants.

While I have little regard for most of Europe they, at least, are
fighting the spread of GM foods. While our giant agricultural
companies are marketing these engineered foods and dangerous foods,
like highly promoted soy products, much of it on the sly so that you
do not even know you are eating it.

The real problem is that the true value of our food supply is
dwindling. In many cases you would have to eat as much as 30% more
food to get the same number of vitamins and minerals that the
vegetables and fruits would have contained just a decade ago. You
would find it hard to believe how much the vitamin and mineral
content of food has declined over the last fifty years.

What we need to improve our methods of farming and husbandry, not
get involved with making engineering plastic presentation foods. The
following story tells you how much progress GM is making and says
absolutley nothing about the dangers of GM or genetically engineered
foods --- that tells you clearly where the industry is headed.
Source materials are at the conclusion of the article.
Regards, Terry

" ... To sell GM foods to consumers, stress the benefits

Most Americans don't know they are eating genetically modified (GM)
foods, although consumer awareness of GM foods is growing. Those are
some of the findings from a nationwide telephone survey of 1,200
randomly selected Americans, released today by the Food Policy
Institute at Rutgers' Cook College. The study also found that the
way to improve the chance that consumers will embrace GM foods may
be to stress the environmental benefits and make the resulting foods
more attractive to consumers.

The study found about half of the respondents (52%) were aware
genetically modified food products are currently for sale in
supermarkets, an increase since 2001 when a similar FPI study found
only 41% of respondents were aware of them. Just 26% of Americans
believe they have ever eaten GM foods.

When asked directly, 49% of Americans report that they approve of
plant-based GM foods, down 9% from 2001. About one quarter (27%)
approve of animal-based GM foods, unchanged from 2001.

The study found, however, that simply mentioning potential benefits
of GM foods significantly increased approval ratings. For example,
of those who disapproved of plant-based GM food products, 30% said
they would purchase a GM product if it contained less fat and 24%
said they'd buy it if it tasted better than ordinary food.

Consumers also said they favor GM foods that offer environmental
benefits; a third (31%) of those who initially disapproved of plant-
based GM food products said they would be willing to buy a GM
product grown in a more environmentally friendly way than ordinary
food. Almost half (44%) of those who initially disapproved of plant-
based GM food products said they would be willing to purchase them
if they contained less pesticide residue than ordinary food.
Reduction in pesticide use is one of the main benefits conferred by
some of the existing GM corn and cotton crops that are already
widely planted.

Lower prices, interestingly, were not a selling point for GM foods.
Only 12% of those who initially disapproved of plant-based GM
technology said they would buy GM foods if they were cheaper than
ordinary foods.

Another interesting finding is that early in the interviews, before
the issue of genetic modification was raised, respondents were asked
to say in their own words what information they would like to see on
food labels. Almost no one said they would like to see labels
contain information about whether the food has GM ingredients (less
than 1%), FPI reports. Yet, later, when asked directly if they would
like to see GM food labels, the overwhelming majority of Americans
(94%) said that they would.

Americans' basic knowledge about farming and food production was
also found to be low. Only about half (55%) of Americans know that
most of the corn grown in the US is used to feed animals such as
cows, less than half (46%) recognize that sugar is not the sweetener
used in most processed foods, and 16% incorrectly believe that
peanuts grow on trees.

The study was funded by a grant from USDA under the Initiative for
Future Agriculture and Food Systems Program (IFAFS). Copies can be
downloaded for free at the Food Policy Institute Web site:
www.foodpolicyinstitute.org 10/15/2003 07:04 a.m.CDT ... "

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