International Regulation...

International law governing GMOs

Genetic engineering (GE), also called genetic modification (GM), is not just a modern version of the
natural breeding that we know and have practised for many thousands of years. It is a new and
totally artificial way of creating living organisms that can never occur in nature. These genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) have a life of their own; once released, they will spread and multiply
and cannot be recalled. Many scientists believe that the way of producing these GM foods is so new
that we can?t be sure of the long term impacts on our health and the environment. We don?t yet
fully understand the potential risks of growing and eating these GM foods. However, scientists have
already begun to see early warning signals of serious health and environmental problems. Therefore,
special laws are required to regulate GMOs.

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