IPS correspondent Julia Kallas spoke with Sharp spoke about the study’s findings, the rapid growth of genetically modified foods in the United States, and the role of the government in labelling these products.
Excerpts from the interview follow.
Q: Can you briefly talk about the report ”Americans Eat Their Weight in Genetically Engineered Food”? Now that the report is out, what you expect the government to do?
A: Americans are eating their weight in genetically engineered (GE) food each year. Environmental Working Group’s calculations show that, on average, people eat an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food annually. Yet the typical adult weighs 179 pounds.
These figures beg the question, if you were planning on eating your body weight of anything every year, wouldn’t you want to make sure it was safe to eat?
Shockingly, there are virtually no long-term health studies that have been conducted on the consumption of genetically engineered food. We want to see the government conduct these tests, and allow independent scientists the power to do the same – power they don’t have now because the companies making the genetically engineered seeds control what studies are conducted.