I have blogged before about my hesitation to feed my family genetically engineered food (GMO), and now I have even more reason to avoid that kind of food engineered in a lab, some of it containing built-in pesticides like Roundup.
Monsanto is introducing a new variety of sweet corn that includes the worst of both worlds: two types of Bt-toxin, and the Roundup Ready gene. Besides containing built-in insecticide, toxic Roundup herbicide will also accumulate in the kernels.
The Roundup will kill the insect that eats this GMO corn — so what is that going to do to my child’s body if he eats it? I’m not willing to gamble with his or my health.
Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore that it was only insects that would be hurt — yet Bt toxin has been detected in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant women tested; 80 percent of babies; and 67 percent of non-pregnant women!
Now to today’s big news: Massive mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious problems were found in rats that were fed GMO foods according to the first-ever, just released, peer reviewed, long term animal study of health-related effects associated with GMOs.
I’ll spare you the picture of the rats full of tumors, it’s horrendous. The findings have initiated a probe by the French government into genetically-modified corn.
The problem is that since the EPA, who should look out for our health, determined that there is no evidence that GMO foods are harmful, they don’t require GMO foods to be labeled. So consumers have no choice and no vote when buying conventional food, and no way to avoid genetically altered food.
That is why I now try to buy only organic food for my family.
I would be okay with buying non-GMO food, but since most of the food in supermarkets is genetically engineered today and there is no label that declares something a GMO food, buying organic is my only recourse because organic is not allowed to include GMOs.
I’m limited to buying expensive certified organic food or food with the Trader Joe’s name — Trader Joe’s guarantees that their products are GMO-free. Very rarely am I able to find a product that mentions “Non-GMO” or has the “Non GMO Project” label on their packaging.
You didn’t know that most of our food is genetically engineered nowadays? I’m not surprised — companies don’t have to tell you that they messed with their products in a lab! Monsanto just dumped another $2.9 million, a total of $7.1 million, into the fight to prevent you from having the basic Right to Know what’s in your food.
Over 90% of consumers want products to be labeled, but big money is being spent to not give us that right. I deserve the right to have the freedom to choose if I want to buy GMO food or not, and to send a message with my pocket book.
If the demand for GMO food dwindles because consumers get more educated — and outraged — about the dangers of it, and don’t buy labeled GMO food anymore, companies will have to adjust their practices.
Many companies make their products GMO-free for foreign markets, like Europe where GMO is not allowed — yet they are getting away with selling us gene-altered food here in the States! Why are we not more outraged about that?
My biggest fear regarding this unnatural food is the cross-contamination of organic crops with GMO crops. There is no way to stop that, and if we don’t stop the production of GMOs, we will no longer have the ability to get organic, pesticide-free food one day.
We don’t even know all of the health and environmental implications of GMOs yet! Instead of waiting for long-term studies like the one released today, the EPA decides to ignore the dangers, payed off by corrupt big companies with big pockets.
I don’t want them to win! This is messing with all of our health, and the health of our children! It’s the same travesty that happens with big pharma: new medications are allowed on the market without long-term research and then get recalled after many people suffered from complications, side-effects, or even died.
This little boy is not a guinea pig!
Do you want to send a message to big companies who think they can bully and buy their way to more profits? There are many ways you can help and support this movement to get GMO products labeled.
And if you live in California, please vote Yes on 37 for your right to know what you are buying! I have no clue why someone wouldn’t want that right — what would be the disadvantage to having a say in what you buy?
And if you are not concerned about GMO, you can decide to buy food labeled as GMO — it’s a win/win for all.
Once 37 passes, all other states will hopefully follow suit and also require GMO labeling.
Here are more resources:
- The Danger of GMO and Why I Now Only Buy Organic Food
- The Right to Know Campaign’s blog response to study.
- “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”, published in the peer reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.
- BBC News: “French GM-fed rat study triggers furore”
- Reuters: “Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto’s GM corn”
- “France orders probe after rat study links GM corn, cancer”
- Calitics: Prop 37: The David versus Goliath Fight Over Our Right to Know by Zack Kaldveer
Are you worried about GMO foods? Do you want them labeled?