The FDA must premarket approve any food additives, defined as any substance added to a food product that has a significantly different structure, amount or function than other substances currently in the food. These additives must be approved whether or not they are products of genetic modification or biotechnology. The FDA uses recombinant DNA techniques to test whether a substance in food is an additive. However, if a product developed through genetic modification contains nothing significantly different from the original food, it is not required for that product to be premarket approved.
Products genetically engineered to contain pesticides or herbicides are also regulated by the EPA. The EPA’s oversight seems to be missing the boat in its lack of awareness of the potential health risks of GMOs, evidenced by the fact that GMOs are all over the supermarket. What the FDA and EPA do not consider are the potential health dangers of combinations of individual chemicals that have been separately approved for human consumption. Even if the level of herbicides consumed by the average person is considered safe (I take issue with this assumption), there is no assurance that this is a “safe” amount of herbicide combined over a lifetime with other toxins in foods, drinks, the air and from other means.
Sadly, the environment inside and outside of our bodies has become more toxic than ever. These cumulative effects are known as bioaccumulation. When the body become overwhelmed with various toxins and cannot adequately detoxify them, health problems often result. Subtle or mysterious symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, memory issues, aches and pains, and chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases, cancers, diabetes, infertility and others may be, at least in part, the result of a lifetime of toxin accumulation. The concept of toxicity is not taken seriously in traditional medicine, except in extreme cases where the individual is exposed to toxicity at a work site. GMO manufacturers ignore the concept of bioaccumulation, leaving the public to fend for themselves. Thankfully, there are holistic or complementary health care providers with expertise in detoxification and health building.