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EPA Approves Exemption for Bt Residues in Soy Foods from GM Crops

Soy Foods

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  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an exemption for residue tolerance levels of genetically modified (GM) Bt toxin in GM soy foods and feed
  • By exempting Bt toxin residues from tolerance levels, pesticide companies like Monsanto can incorporate as much as they want into your food, with unknown consequences to human health and the environment
  • The current exemption applies to soy but similar exemptions for corn, cotton, and other foods have already been approved
  • When Bt is applied to plants topically, it degrades quickly in the sunlight; this is not the case when genetically altering the plant to produce it internally (as is the case with GM corn, soy and other GM crops)
  • GM Bt crops have the Bt-toxin gene built-in, so the toxin is not broken down and cannot be washed off; you simply cannot avoid consuming it

By Dr. Mercola

In what could easily be classified as one of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) worst decisions yet, a final rule released by the EPA earlier this month creates an exemption for residue tolerance levels of genetically modified (GM) Bt toxin in GM soy foods and feed.


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