GMO’s and the Rights of Consumers

GMO’s and the Rights of Consumers

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Campaigns around the world are growing in numbers to ban foods contaminated with Genetically Modified Organisms. A battle is being waged by consumers who believe they have the right to know what is contained in the food they purchase. Sixty nations around the world have either banned GMO foods, or have placed severe restrictions on their sale; included are Japan, Australia, and the European Union. America considers them safe. The FDA allowed Monsanto to perform the necessary tests and submit the results. Monsanto is the primary manufacturer of GMO products, the same Monsanto which developed Agent Orange.

Studies using animals were performed by The American Academy of Environmental Medicine. The results showed organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. The real danger is what they leave behind. The GMO product can attach itself to internal body tissue and cause long-term health problems.

Nurses and doctors believe that an increase in allergies, digestive disorders, and reproductive problems are the result of the release of GMO products since 1996. They also want a ban on a growth hormone given to cattle. It is genetically modified, and the milk produced contains a cancer causing agent.

Because of FDA approval, banning products which are produced with GMO contents would be difficult. What can be done is to label those products. There are two bills presently in Congress, but it is doubtful that passage will occur with Republicans in control; they generally support GMO use.

Legal action at the state level is more optimistic. There are 84 bills in 29 states which would require a label indicating that the food item was manufactured using genetically modified ingredients.

Farmers and ranchers who use GMO products deny any danger. They claim that anti-GMO groups are simply attempting to create an aura of fear among the public.GMO

Another serious condition has risen from the use of GMO additives; they cross-pollinate. They are self-sustaining and will last longer than the effects of climate change and nuclear waste. In addition, because GMO products resist bacteria, increased herbicides are being used on food crops.

Support for the use of GMO additives attempts to discredit independent scientists who support the Non-GMO Project. They claim that tests ordered by the FDA were conclusive and proved that they are safe for humans and the environment. Scientists not employed by Monsanto or the FDA completely disagree. They are extremely dangerous and rightfully point to other nations in the world who agree with the results of independent research.

Who will represent American consumers? It is doubtful that any effort will be made at the federal level. Therefore state legislatures will be forced to protect the people they serve.

The American people have a right to know what they are consuming in their daily diets. Labeling will protect that right and let the consumer decide if they want to purchase GMO food or not.

It is frequently difficult to encourage all Americans to become passionate about an issue. This issue appears to be simple and the choice is clear; we should know if the food we are eating is healthy and natural or dangerous and contains potentially damaging GMO products.

By James Turnage

Sources:
The Atlantic

Non-GMO Project

Institute for Reasonable Technology

13 COMMENTS

  1. Hmm not a single National Academy of Science, not a single National Health Authority, not a single National Food safety Authority but only anti-GMO sites references. Not hard to see the bias in this piece. I suggest people look up the organizational I suggested to see a completely different set of opinions on GE crops and derived foods.

    • In poll after poll over 95% of American consumers agree with Mr. Turnage and believe GMO’s should be labeled as 64 countries presently do today.

      • And every one of those polls are push polls. Those that are NOT leading questions like: What if anything would you like to see added to food labels show 4-7% of the public say GE. Now try the real question. Are you willing to pay ~10% more for your food to cover the costs of GE specific food labeling? I think we both know the answer to that real question.

    • Regardless of your stance on the health concerns of GMO’s, we all have a right to know what we put into our bodies. Label food appropriately and let the public decide what they want to eat.

      • GE is a breeding method not an ingredient. Please show this forum the difference between sugar from a GE sugar beet and a non-GE sugar beet.

        • Perhaps it’s the introduction of untested or poorly tested bacteria that couldn’t possibly be in nature? Could that do it? Can you provide any tests that are over 90 days that show that these foods are safe? I have asked you for weeks to prove you don’t work for GMO interests. All it would take is admitting that GMO’s are poison. That they are designed as POISON. Just state what is on the side of the package, Robert. You can’t. your bosses would fire you!

      • Totally agree. Obviously, all that food companies want to do is save a few cents by not having to provide info on their labels.

    • Robert, I tried to provide you with a direct link to the study. I simply highighted the entire name of the academy, right clicked on it and did a google search. Brought it right up. For me, I believe it is my right to know.

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