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Nestle says: "Genetically modified (GM) food is unnecessary to feed the world and the food industry would reap more benefits from using resources more sustainably and employing other techniques".
We are told that “we need GM to feed the world” which suggests GM crops produce more food. Despite decades of research and hundreds of millions of dollars GM hasn’t worked. Find out More
GM plants have been changed in two main ways so they can:
- survive being sprayed with weedkiller (are herbicide tolerant). This greatly increases the use of weedkillers;
- kill certain insects that eat them (insect resistant). The GM toxins produced in the plants can’t be washed off the food.
Despite Industry claims that GM crops reduce the need for pesticides, the opposite has occurred.
In Australia so far, only two GM crops are grown commercially, and these are Canola and Cottonseed.
Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they are organic or declared non-GMO).
Australia allows the use of pesticides banned in other countries:
Additives have always been used in food. Traditional ones are salt, sugar, spice, vinegar, smoke etc.
First the good news...
Most GM food in Australia escapes labelling:
GM oils, sugars and starches