Whether it is true or not, sources are saying that the U.S. has been working towards reducing the amount of genetically modified food products that it allows into the country. For now, the U.S.D.A. and its Office of Inspector General are attempting to balance their needs for foreign trade with the needs of the “health and safety”of Americans. One report, urges the USDA to strengthen its links with countries where research is exploding, such as China, India and Brazil. China, for example, is ready to launch the world’s first commercial GM rice, but it has yet to be approved by the USDA. Problems will arise, says the OIG, when new GM products enter the US undeclared – the USDA would be unprepared to test or even identify them.
Meanwhile, The New York Times came out with an article just last week claiming that big GMO businesses continue to be a barrier to academic research of the organisms.