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Growing Number of Domestic Companies Go GMO-Free
Arirang News, July 28 2008

Food safety comes first. This is what a growing number of domestic companies and consumer groups are saying through a campaign against foods that come from genetically-modified organisms.

The safety of so-called GMO foods has long been debated. At the center of the issue are the ultimate, unknown effects on the health of both people and the environment of altering the genetic makeup of plants and animals.

Amid the controversy a leading Korean food company has decided not to use GMO beans in its tofu bean sprouts and soybean oil. Other local food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies are also saying no to GMO.

Anti-GMO groups could not be happier. They promise to promote companies that participate in the recent movement while boycotting firms that don't. The campaign has received 70,000 signatures supporting the ban on GMO foods.

However some food companies say it will not be easy to stay free of GMO grains. That is mainly because those products have dominated the market in recent years and are cheaper as opposed to organic grains. And that is becoming increasingly important in light of rising food prices around
the world.

On the other hand, some of these companies are fearful they might become a target of a food safety issue given the recent heated debate over beef imports from the United States.

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