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Montanans Learn about "Seeds of Deception" at the Dinner Table

November 30, 2006

Bozeman, MT - Montanans are learning to take a close look at the food they're serving their families this holiday season. An expert in genetically modified foods is traveling the state to talk about the controversies surrounding these products. Jeffrey Smith, author of "Seeds of Deception," says foods that have been genetically modified are everywhere, and there's good scientific reasons why Montana families should avoid them.

"Laboratory studies have shown significant health damage to animals that have been fed genetically modified food. Farmers have reported sterility and death among animals, and farm workers have reported allergic reactions."

Opponents of genetically modified foods warn consumers that food labels do not reveal the alteration. Smith says surveys indicate that nine out of ten Americans would prefer all food that contains genetically modified ingredients to say so on the label.

"In order to avoid eating modified foods, you have to either buy something that says 'organic,' or 'non-GM,' or does not contain soy, corn, cotton, or canola."

Smith adds that many processed products contain GM soy, corn or canola. U.S. agencies have not banned these foods, claiming science has not proven they are unsafe. However, most European countries have banned the production and importation of genetically modified foods for safety reasons.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT