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Rod Leonard, former IATP board member and former USDA official

A statement on the food safety policies of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examining the question whether labels should be required for foods which contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The instability in the U.S, and global food system are caused in no small part by failed FDA policies adopted over the past decade. These have included failure to disclose proposed policies, insure public participation in decisions on proposals, insure accountability and to act in a lawful manner. The FDA has used unsound science in regulating food safety and failed to utilize scientific data on harm to public health. Compounding the failure, the FDA doesn't know how to change until the cost to the public of failure becomes so high the agency is forced to change or suffer political consequences.

Rod Leonard argues this can change by adopting the Precautionary Principle into FDA policy.