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The genetic modification of foodstuffs for example is still largely untested and many of its results are open to interpretation. Scientific knowledge of processes involved is actually at an early stage. Little is known about side effects, how gene function is controlled, gene transfer into other organisms such as bacteria in human gut. The British Medical Association (B.M.A.) has said that potential adverse effects have not been sufficiently investigated and strongly recommend caution. The United Nations' safety body, Food and Agriculture Organisation, has warned that failure to carry out full health checks on G.M. foods could lead to toxic reactions, allergies and increased resistance to antibiotics.
Experience has shown that genetically modified and organic foods cannot exist together because genetically modified crops will cross-pollinate with any others. Contamination of whole food chain has already occurred within a couple of years. Biotechnology companies that are facing opposition in Europe are targeting less well resourced countries such as India in hope that genetically modified organisms will spread irreversibly before public opinion has time to intervene.
In addition to avoiding carcinogens that are increasing everywhere in our culture, we need a complex yet balanced mixture of specific minerals and nutrients to maintain ourselves in a healthy way. Recent government policy recommends we should eat a minimum of five or six fruit and vegetable types in any given day. The British Dietetic Association's survey shows that typical English diet includes only 3.3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The Scottish consume 2.7 portions a day while Irish get only a measly 2.3. New research from Spain suggests that quality of food and its method of preparation are as important as quantity, since many of nutrients in food are destroyed during industrial preparation and even in domestic cooking processes. In order to gain breadth of specific minerals we need to maintain health using food, we need fresh, quality food types, cooked appropriately, or at least someone to sell us right supplements!
The quick-fix mentality of Western culture has grown so used to pill-popping supplements that markets have responded to this. The American public uses increasing amounts of vitamin and mineral supplements. A survey conducted by Federal Drugs Authority (F.D.A.) in America states that over 60 million Americans believe that vitamin supplements are essential for good health. The report also shows that about 20 million Americans believe that mineral deficiency is a primary cause of disease, including cancer, which shows what a good marketing job supplements industry has done. Drug corporations are moving quickly into supplements industry following market forces. Legislation in Europe is posed to ban many supplements (like herbs) that have a natural source, in preference to pharmaceutical alternatives. Even though appropriate dietary supplements are becoming recognised as a useful tool in maintaining health, legislation is fast catching up to regulate this field, showing a clear preference to synthetic chemicals.
In 1980 National Academy of Sciences Committee on Dietary Allowances (who established R.D.A.'s or Recommended Daily Allowances) found no scientific evidence for nutritional benefits from vitamins, minerals or trace elements in dosages greater than those supplied by a balanced diet. Supplement industries with generous advertising budgets persuade many people that it is better to have 'expensive urine' than be at risk to disease through lacking right vitamin or mineral in a diet.
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