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  • Asia region food safety course

    5 June 2004

    At a time when nations across the world are fast implementing measures to ensure food security, serious thought needs to be done about Food Safety that is equally important. World over there are efforts to increase agricultural productivity as cultivable land mass is already under stress. Research and development in the agriculture sector has there focused much of its attention to produce more without increasing the cultivable area. This is where the concern for food safety begins.

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) along with the Michigan State University and International Food Policy Research Institute has organized an "Asia Region Food Safety Course" from 2-5 June 2004. The objective of the course is to provide basic food safety education with special emphasis on food derived from genetically modified organisms, their risk assessment and provide an overview of international food laws.

    The new technology of genetically modified plant crops offers yet another challenge to consumers and regulators of its long term implications on health and the environment. With globalization food consumption is not restricted to the site where it is produced. Thus food and environment are both issues are of international concern. Genetically modified food is consumed by millions of people especially in the West, primarily the United States and Canada, but in Europe, by and large there is a lot of skepticism. Countries in the South where there is an urgent need to increase food productivity there the acceptance of the technology remains low.