Why members of the public are rallying over GMOs and labeling of our foods
Just this weekend all over the USA, GMO rallies were organized to spread awareness of about how genetically modified foods can adversely affect our planet and our food supplies. Rallies were organized in many US States and directly outside the White House in Washington DC. The demands are simple:-
- We have the right to know and want Genetically Modified food labeled.
- We want factory farmed animal and Genetically Modified animal products labeled.
- We want independent, transparent, long-term studies done on the safety of GMO’s for animals, plants and humans.
- We want the organic industry protected from cross contamination and lawsuits to organic farmers from GM technology.
Who: A grassroots effort by consumers around the nation to demand labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Why: Despite a growing number of studies showing harm to health and the environment the FDA has declared GM foods “substantially equivalent” – no labeling required. There is no regulation requiring GMO labeling on non-organic items.
Without a change in the legislation, Monsanto and other GM companies will be permitted to sell their products to food suppliers and have those foods included in our food chain without labeling the contents.
Why be concerned? Three good reasons
Despite reassurances from the FDA and government bodies, I think anyone who scratches the surface of the GMO issue has a right to be concerned. There are at least three levels of concern even at first look.
The first one is that it may be unwise to allow companies like Monsanto, an enormously powerful agricultural and biotechnology corporation, to start producing more products which go into our food unlabeled. Monsanto alone has produced nearly 90% of all GMO seeds now on the market and in US fields. Many of the company’s past and present executives hold positions in the USDA, Congress, and the Supreme Court. (This from www.Seriouseats.com – click here for the full article).
The second one is that no-one is really sure of the long term impact of GMOs on our food chain, or in fact, the planet. What we do know already about Monsanto’s ready roundup soy bean crop is that in some cases the ready roundup formula has stopped working, and that Monsanto is now in the position of paying farmers to spray it’s rival’s herbicides to save it own crops! Noticed this article a few months ago from Grist.com (click the link for full article). Also noticed some recent research where feeding livestock with Monsanto’s soy beans containing ready roundup has caused ‘spontaneous abortion’ and ‘even death’ because of the occurrence of “a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn”. This and more from www.livingfoodvillage.com Link to full article here.
Here’s an excerpt from that article:-
“Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens committee of the American Phytopathological Society, as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System, warned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that this pathogen threatens the US food and feed supply and can lead to the collapse of the US corn and soy export markets. Likewise, deregulation of GE alfalfa “could be a calamity,” he noted in his letter…On January 27, Vilsack gave blanket approval to all genetically modified alfalfa. Following orders from President Obama, he also removed buffer zone requirements. This is seen as a deliberate move to contaminate natural crops and destroy the organic meat and dairy industry which relies on GM-free alfalfa. Such genetic contamination will give the biotech industry complete control over the nation’s fourth largest crop. It will also ease the transition to using GE-alfalfa as a biofuel.”
If this doesn’t sound good to you, what can you do?
Here’s a great video to get started with from Millions Against Monsanto. It would be hard to ban GMOs at this stage, but in the European Union a requirement for labeling has shrunk the market very significantly.
You can get further informed with this Facebook Page for Millions Against Monsanto , or head to www.organicconsumers.org . Use this link to sign a petition for the Organic Consumer’s Association’s Truth-in-Labeling Petition.