What exactly does GMO mean?
Why are GMOs controversial?
Approximately 80% of US processed foods contain GMOs.
GMO seeds are produced primarily by Monsanto (alongside five other smaller companies). In addition to providing seeds for corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum and sugar cane seeds, Monsanto is the producer of RoundUp Weed Killer. They have manufactured a way to place built-in pesticides into the seed so bugs won’t eat produce as it grows. They have modified the DNA so fruits and vegetables grows faster and larger than conventional seeds.
Research has linked dis-ease, cancer, tumors and organ failure in 80% of rats fed GMO foods. However, Monsanto’s website says, “There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans.”
Bee populations are dying and many believe it’s due to GMO seeds. If the bees disappear, so do humans.
Salmon is now under scrutiny as a potential genetically modified organism for American markets. Visualizations of two-headed salmon abound.
If you’d like to hear both sides of this issue, Doctor Oz dedicated a segment of his show to “GMO Foods: Are they dangerous to your health?”
What is the precedent around the world regarding GMOs?
62 countries around the globe have labeled or outlawed the use of GMO seeds.
Monsanto donated 475 tons of GMO seeds for hybrid corn and vegetables to Haiti. What did they do with it? The farmers burnt them because they believed the seeds would harm their citizens and contaminate other crops.
These countries (and more) have banned the use of GMO seeds: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, France, Madeira, Switzerland, India and Thailand. Additional countries have required labeling of products that include GMOs.
Bhutan is the first country to go 100% organic. No GMOs anywhere! Now, that is progress!
What is the current status of GMOs in the United States?
Contrary to the world standards of proving safety BEFORE selling products for human consumption, the United States standard is to sell now, for unscrupulous profits, and say sorry later. In the US, the motto is innocent until proven guilty. Sadly, this means that Monsanto can do its ‘research’ on the citizens of the US.
Short-term studies on rats have conclusive evidence of illness related to the consumption of GMOs. The profit-seeking corporations would rather wait on unethical and unofficial long-term studies on consumers to provide proof that GMOs are dangerous for human consumption. By then, how many people will have been sick or even died? Sadly, Monsanto would have profited from unscrupulously providing foods that they knew ‘could’ be carcinogenic and ‘could’ contaminate other safe crops.
In the 2012 election, California’s Prop 37 did not pass and GMO products are not currently required to be labeled in the US. It is believed that corporate lobbies contributed almost 40 million dollars to oppose labeling. Click here for list of opponents and proponents of labeling GMOs.
The FDA recommends labeling.
What can I do to get GMOs labeled or outlawed?
- Call your Senator and House of Representatives
- Support non-profit organizations like The Non-GMO Project
- March against Monsanto on May 25, 2013
- Start your own online petition on Change.org to increase awareness
- Stop eating GMO products. Stop eating processed foods. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. Look at labels that state Non-GMO Verified, Organic, USDA-certified.
- Support companies voluntarily offering NON-GMO products in The NON-GMO Shopping Guide conveniently available in book, app or website.
- Follow Non-GMO Project on Facebook.
- Encourage your favorite restaurants and grocers to offer sustainable, organic and local options without GMO products. Also, enjoy neighborhood farmers markets. Example: SOLdining in San Diego
- Read “The China Study” and other books on health, safety and sustainability
- Watch Food, Inc. and Forks Over Knives NOW!
- When you have a chance to cast your vote, vote to ban or label GMOs.