4 Apr 2013
A bill that bars the courts from halting the production or sale of genetically modified foods even if they are found to pose health risks was approved by US president, Barack Obama. The bill, which quickly got labeled the "Monsanto Protection Act", has outraged American food activists.
Despite industry claims about the sophistication of the science behind genetically modified organisms (GMOs), activists argue that GMOs are produced via a crude technology. There is general consensus that their long-term health effects are unknown with much more research needed to determine these. Regions like the European Union have strict controls over the use of GMOs. So why has Obama approved a bill that gives the production and sale of GM crops immunity even of health risks are identified? Al Jazeera's Inside Story looks into the story.
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in watching this excerpt from the Bill Maher Show, which reports that in 2007 "Senator Obama" actually called for the labelling of genetically modified foods.