Genetically Engineered Food - The threat on our dinner plate - by Louise Sales (LW3)
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What are genetically engineered foods?
In Australia, the four main genetically engineered ingredients
are derived from GE soy, corn, canola and cotton. Australia is
currently growing GE cotton only (cottonseed oil is common
in deep-frying), and now GE canola, which will start making its
way into the food chain for the first time this year. GE soy and
corn are grown, processed and imported from other countries.
GE ingredients are commonly found in items like bread, pastries,
snack foods, baked goods, vegetable oils, margarine, starches,
thickeners, sauces, fried foods, soy foods, lecithin, sweets, soft
drinks and sausage skins. But GE food can take many forms. In
fact, the majority of GE crops are used as feed for farm animals.
We then eat the milk, meat and eggs from those animals. GE food
enters the food chain at various levels.
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First printed in Living Wisdom #3