Wednesday, December 11, 2013

America Stands Nearly Alone in Not Labeling GMO Foods

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   Genetically modified foods are produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering, according to wikipedia.org. This sounds ominous, and has been the subject of much controversy, especially the non-labeling issue. The consensus seems for the American people, that we are just going to trust the government and big agriculture to have our best interest in mind. What most Americans likely aren't aware of is, we're standing nearly alone among the world in trusting GMOs. As almost every developed country worldwide has required labeling of GMO products. As for America, we don't, and we should be asking why.

   Big agriculture, Bio-tech companies, and big pharmaceutical giants like: Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Hoescht, BASF, and Bayer -- have created “frankenfoods.” These GMO crops such as: corn, soybean, wheat, canola oil, and cotton seed oil, have been made toxic with the genetic alterations made to them. This includes the addition of pesticides into the genetic make-up of the crops. The reasoning is to make them “round-up” resistant, so they can spray the fields with pesticides and not kill the crop. This means there is pesticides in the food, or poison.

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   The first commercial introduction of GMO foods into the market was in 1994 with tomatoes. The major cash crops is where they focused, making GMO corn, soybean, canola oil, and cottonseed oil. Later, more where included, such as wheat and alfalfa.

   In 2012, the first long-term study was done on rats (by scientists in France) to see the effects of GMO foods. The scientists concluded the study finding the GMOs caused horrific tumors on the rats, killing 70% of the females and significantly reducing their 2 year average life expectancy. Also, cancer has been linked in over 260 studies worldwide to agrochemicals. This according to an article in Naturalnews.com called: 'Side effects of GMOs- Ask your doctor if cancer is good for you', written by S.D.Wells.

   Yet, with this and more evidence GMO's aren't safe for humans or animals, companies like: Dow Chemical, Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Dean Foods, General Mills, Kellog's, and Smuckers -- are still fighting to keep GMO labels off their products. One may ask, if there's nothing wrong with the foods, then why not label them? And by the way, in 2013 GMO ingredients are in most vaccines and flu shots (just to let you know), according to Naturalnews.com.


   Here are some of the side-effects of GMO foods: liver cancer, kidney cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, thyroid tumors, Parkinson's disease, infertility, birth defects, autism, and brain tumors. Are you hungry?



    Now, the part of the article that really makes one wonder what's wrong with us Americans is where we see how alone we are in trusting GMO products. Let me first list the counties that don't allow GMO products to be labeled: America, Canada, and Mexico. Now let me list the ones that require, by law, the labeling of GMO products: Brazil, Russia, France, Italy, Greenland, Sweden, U.K., Spain, Hungary, New Zealand, Australia, India, Germany, and China. So basically the whole world (except America and it's bullied neighbors) has serious reservations consuming GMOs? Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it?




http://www.naturalnews.com/039521_GMO_labeling_Americans_debate.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/040614_March_against_Monsanto_GMOs_GMO_labeling.html



2 comments:

  1. Good job! Keep up the good work.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement, and for reading. I'll keep it up, people need to know this stuff. God bless.

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