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Wed Aug 15, 2018, 07:29 PM

3. Expert Witness from Monsanto trial offers 5 fixes for food relgulations

Problem #1 Excessive confidence in current federal regulation

Problem #2 Ignoring "inert" ingredients

Problem #3 Lack of real-world monitoring

Problem #4 Focusing on one pesticide at a time

Problem #5 Lack of tools for struggling farmers


The FDA does not conduct an independent safety determination, nor does it do any testing of a newly proposed GE crop, but rather accepts the company's assertion of its safety. It is a shallow and flawed process, that has been "under review" for two decades, but persists because of the lack of consensus on a better way forward.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) focus in the regulatory review process is driven by an old federal statute, the Plant Pest Act. The USDA must determine whether the technology might trigger a new, or worsen an existing "plant pest" (i.e., a weed, insect, or fungal pathogen that attacks or competes with plants). If there is no evidence of such "plant pest" risk, the USDA deregulates the new GE-crop trait, and companies are then free to move the new trait into various crop cultivars.

Each agency's role and authority is seriously limited because Congress has been unable to pass new legislation to give the agencies the tools and mandates needed to conduct thorough reviews of the risks, benefits, costs, and uncertainties associated with novel GE-crop technologies. As a result, pre-approval risk assessments are typically a mile wide but just inches deep. Some of the most worrisome risks are largely ignored.

https://www.ehn.org/fixing-gmo-food-regulations-2595527510.html

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