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When a 12-year-old's mother asks him "How many times do I have to tell you to stop?" he will understand that the answer, if any is required, had better not include a number.

One important concept that is used in most countries to regulate products of genetic engineering is substantial equivalence. The way to determine substantial equivalence is comparative assessment. What do substantial equivalence and comparative assessment mean? Depending on the source we use, we might find different definitions and different opinions of how useful they are in determining the safety of products of genetic engineering. The USDA provides information on Food Safety Assessment and Considerations as part of their Focus on Food Biotechnologypage at the Food Safety Research Information Office.

What substantial equivalence can do is give us a starting point.


 

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GM food will not solve the real reasons why people starve, which are largely economic, social and political. This blog illustrates the point well

http://www.owen.org/blog/229

No one is claiming that GM food will solve the problem of hunger by itself. Modifying plants genetically however can help. Don't you believe that if farmers in Africa have seeds that are drought resistant that it would be better off than without seeds that are drought resistant for example? Do you think that seeds that produce crops that are produce vitamin A will not help the nutrition of those that don't get enough vitamin A?

Because there are political and social and economic reasons for hunger is not a reason to abandon the benefits that GMOs can provide.

Hmm...the "Atheists, Creationists, and Car Salesman" link won't play in my area. Anyone know another link to it?

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