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What is genetically modified food, why is it controversial and how do I know if I’m eating it? By Fran Murrell
The SHOP ETHICAL! App gives you the low-down on the environmental and social record of companies behind common brands you buy in Australian supermarkets and beyond.
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 Cotton which we eat as cottonseed oil, often labeled vegata
Processed foods often have hidden GM sources.