As tens of thousands of people March(ed) Against Monsanto in cities all over the world to voice their concerns against the chemical giant Monsanto who is now growing the majority of the food sold in the United States, Orlando citizens also joined together at the City Hall in downtown Orlando and peacefully marched through the streets chanting together and having fun exchanging cheers with passing cars who honked in support. The goal of the march was to spread awareness about the dangers of genetically modified foods. With genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) now making up the majority of the food that Americans eat, and with the rising number of scientific animal studies that now show that the long-term effects of eating GMO’s (especially for several generations in a row) are capable of an uncontrolled genetic change and severe, cumulative health problems never witnessed before, it has become evident to many concerned Americans that it is time for all people to know what they are eating.
The first GMO’s that were approved by the FDA as “food” and sold in grocery stores in the United States was the GMO tomato in 1994, and was called the “Falvr Savr.” Shortly after this, corn, soy, and wheat were approved. By today, it is estimated that over 80% of the food sold in grocery stores contains GMO’s or products made from GMO’s. There are two topics of concern when it comes to eating GMO’s: 1) the unpredictable hazards of eating a transferable-across-species artificial genetic modification that would have never happened in Nature, and 2) the health-crippling effects of exposure to the chemicals involved with GMO agriculture, especially Round-up. There are countless more concerns when you include the damage to the planet that is taking place with the assault of deadly chemicals on so much of the land surface of the Earth. These chemicals ultimately end up in the waterways of the planet, having devastating effects on the fish and amphibians, and on the plant life. Much of the 10-ft layer of extremely fertile and ancient topsoil that once covered the midwest is now gone from GMO and conventional mono-crop agriculture. What is left has been sprayed for decades with Round-up and pesticides, until the soil can no longer support life unless it is genetically modified, or has mutated into “super-weeds” or mutated insects. Yes, the March Against Monsanto was important, for so many reasons that so many people do not even understand yet.
Long-term studies on the health effects of GMO’s on humans has never been done, yet laboratory testing with animals has shown that the consumption of GMO’s is associated with a number of health problems such as reproductive problems and sterility, hormonal problems, liver toxicity, mineral deprivation, cancer and obesity, just to name a few. When rats are fed GMO’s for consecutive generations, problems with sterility and dead/stunted babies start within three generations. Farmers notice that when they start feeding their cattle GMO corn or soy feed, they stop reproducing. With so many known health issues associated with the consumption of GMO’s, it leaves one to wonder if Americans ARE the long-term experiment and have unknowingly been used as such since 1994. And what will the results show in generations yet to be born? Is this a risk we are willing to take? Do we need 20 more years of clinical research to show us what we already know in our heart?
Support the labeling of GMO’s. And remember, every dollar that you spend on GMO food is more power in the wrong hands. Organic food goes through a (purposefully) tedious processes just to be labeled “organic.” GMO farmers are subsidized by the government and are not required to label their products, even though dangerous chemicals are used in the process of growing them, and despite the highly-sought-after patents that basically identify them as something different than a natural food. They are, in fact, laboratory creations that Mother Nature would have never approved. It is obvious which side has a grip-hold on our government.
Today, every ingredient must be labeled in a food product…except for GMO’s. Fat content, calories, vitamin and mineral content, sodium, artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring and other chemicals are all labeled. The current standards of the labeling of our food required people to ask for labeling, because they wanted to know what was in their food. To label a food as genetically modified should be no different. To read Monsanto’s “Our Commitments” page on their website, one would think that they would want their products labeled.
For further reading:
“There are known health risks associated with genetically modified foods.”. Artemis Dona, Ioannis S Arvanitoyannis. Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, University of Athens, Medical School, Athens, Greece. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2009 Feb;49(2):164-75. PMID: 18989835
“Study of gene transfer in vitro and in the digestive tract of gnotobiotic mice from Lactococcus lactis strains to various strains belonging to human intestinal flora.”. M Gruzza, M Fons, M F Ouriet, Y Duval-Iflah, R Ducluzeau. Unité d’Ecologie et Physiologie du Système Digestif, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Centre de Recherche de Jouy-en-Josas, France. Microb Releases. 1994 Jul;2(4):183-9. PMID: 7921350