I was thrilled to see a new challenge from Small Footprints after an extended holiday break. This week the challenge is all about food and our rights as consumers to demand truth in labeling.
This week’s challenge calls for a bit of research to become informed.
FIRST … Please visit Organic Consumers Association and read “Tell the FDA: No Watered-Down, Voluntary Federal GMO Labeling Rules!”. For additional information on this topic, scroll to the bottom of the page for links. You can also visit this PAGE for recent articles. Read through the information to lean about the GMO issue.
THEN … If you live in the US and agree, sign the petition.
OR …If you don’t live in the US, please find out what your country’s policies are concerning GMO food and labeling. Are they accepted? If so, must they be labeled? If they aren’t accepted in your country, are there any other food health concerns which you are facing?
What a way to return from holiday, start with a subject that gets me angry. :-)
I, for one, believe I have the right as a consumer to know where my food comes from and how it was grown. The food industry has become a yes man to Monsanto and Dow Chemical who want to replace food our bodies recognize with GMO crops which our bodies aren’t sure what to do with.
It gets even worse than just eating a crop we believe had its seed modified. Recent news reports have highlighted the fact that GMO crops are no longer resistant to certain insects, better known as super bugs who have adapted to the pesticides and herbicides genetically inserted into the seeds. Their big solution is to add 2, 4-D to seeds to beat nature.
So what is 2,4-D? It was one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange. Do you remember Agent Orange? It was used in Vietnam to kill all vegetation to allow soldiers to see the enemy. Soldiers returned from war only to suffer greatly from ill health, including cancers, as a result of being in the areas sprayed with Agent Orange.
Do you want to eat Agent Orange? Aren’t we sick enough as a society? The first crops which are planned to included 2,4-D are soybeans, corn and cotton. If you walked through your local grocery store and read all the labels you would find that the vast majority of the foods available have either corn or soy products in them, sometimes both. Sure we can avoid the processed foods but there is no guarantee the produce section or the frozen vegetables won’t contain these dangerous toxins.
For more information on how vast the spread and problems are with GMO seeds see today’s post on Eco-Crap.