Taiwan has banned GMOs in school lunches; when will America protects its children and do the same?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Isabelle Z.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A recent move by the Taiwanese government serves to illustrate just how far behind the rest of the world we are when it comes to the issues of food safety and GMOs.

In December, lawmakers in Taiwan passed an amendment to the School Health Act that effectively prohibits both raw GM ingredients and processed foods that contain GMOs. It will apply to the food stands and cafeterias in every type of school throughout the country, from elementary schools all the way up through high school. (RELATED: Read more news about GMOs at GMO.news)

The ban on GMOs will begin as early as next semester, and it will cost just 15 cents (USD) per meal more than the current offerings – a small price to pay for the health of a child.

In the Taiwanese diet, soy is a major ingredient, and it is widely featured in school lunches there. In fact, Agri-View reports that the country consumes in excess of 8 million bushels of soybeans, 7.2 million of which are GMO soybeans coming from the United States.

The Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party advocated for the bill’s passage. The group’s Lin Shu-fen pointed out that due to their toxic pesticide residue, these crops are unsuitable for feeding young children because it will negatively impact their psychological and physical health.

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