We can discuss whether GMOS should exist or not forever. But the fact of the matter is, they’re here.
Do you have any personal rights to transparency and choice or are individual rights trumped by corporate concealment and revenues?
Consider the overview provided by non-biased Consumer Reports for GMOs in our food supply:
· New Consumer Reports’ tests identified genetically modified organisms in many packaged foods; those labeled ‘natural’ are no exception.
· Over 70 percent 1000 Americans polled report not wanting GMOs in their food, according to a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center- but don’t know how to avoid them.
· Consumer Reports’ identified GMOs in breakfast cereals, chips, soy infant formulas, and other popular packaged foods, despite labels suggesting otherwise.
America is lagging with regards to GMO transparency. Internationally, more than 60 countries, require manufacturers to label foods GMO. Not the U.S.
Unfortunately and irresponsibly, the federal government has not required that GMOs be proven safe before use in our food. Again, America lags. Safety assessments are mandatory in China, Japan, the countries of the European Union, and more.
Worries about the potential GMO health and environmental risks combined with federal reluctance to mandate labeling is spurring many states to take matters into their own hands.
Animal studies indicate that GMOs may damage the immune system, liver, and kidneys. “There hasn’t been enough research to determine whether GMOs are harmful to people,” says Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist at Consumers Union and an authority on genetic engineering. “But scientists around the world agree that GMOs have the potential to introduce allergens and create other unintended changes that may affect health.”
Corn and soy are the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the U.S. Big food companies have invested 70millin to fight hard against GMO labeling legislation, insisting that statement such as “contains GMO ingredients” implies that those foods are inferior to other conventional or organic foods. But shouldn’t we have the right to know what goes in our bodies?
Take action, contact your state legislators to express their support for mandatory labeling.
Read the full article here: Where GMOs Hide and Why Labeling Is Important for Consumers | Elizabeth Yarnell, naturopathic doctor specializing in food sensitivities (MRT, CLT), health, diet and nutrition speaker.