GMO Foods. What is the role of our Supermarkets?

First Published on 8/1/2013

By Earth Cool Consumer

At present Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Spar, Checkers and even health shops still sell unlabelled genetically modified food.   YES! Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or more correctly Genetically Engineered Food, is making its way in significant quantities into everyday food staples such as bread, margarine, tinned fish in cottonseed oil, breakfast cereals, maize meal, soya products and baby food.  GMOs are also ‘hidden’ as stabilisers, thickeners and bulking agents in products from yoghurt to vitamin tablets.  As significant suppliers of food the supermarkets should be taking note of concerns raised by the public and from questions from respected sources such as the African Center for Biosafety (ACB) about the lack of independence and transparency of the process of declaring GM / GE food safe. The issues are not just the long term health risks associated with GE food but also with those herbicides used with GMO crops which are in the process of being banned in Europe.

Extract of Poster on GM Crops for Dept of Science & Technology. Details at end of article

Extract: Poster on GM Crops for Dept of Science & Technology. Details at end of article.

What are GMOs or GE Food?

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Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity (eategrity.co.za) “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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