Since the 1990’s, we have repeatedly asked the FDA, the USDA, our legislators and the courts to label foods containing genetically modified organisms. So far they haven’t.
It’s time for the people of California to vote on labeling genetically engineered foods. A 2012 Ballot initiative campaign is underway and can be found at our studio if you would like to add your signature. Basically we are asking the government to label GMO’s so that we can make our own decision about what we want to put into our bodies.
Here are 10 Facts you need to know about GMO’s
(Genetically Modified Foods)
1. GMOs are food you eat such as corn and soy that were manipulated in a lab by forcing DNA from a completely foreign species into them. This foreign DNA may include a virus, bacteria such as e coli, and insect, and animal or even humans resulting in traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes. 75% of processed food in the US is GMO
2. Animal studies have shown GMO foods cause infertility, accelerated aging, dysfunctional insulin regulation, changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, and immune problems such as asthma, allergies, and inflammation.
3. GMO food poses higher risks for kids. Adolescent rates showed damaged immune systems and digestive functions, smaller brains, live, and testicles, atrophy of the liver and pre-cancerous cell growth in the intestines after only 10days of GMO feed.
4. Michael Taylor, former VP and attorney for the biggest GMO company, Monsanto, is now the Deputy Commissioner at the FDA. Many other former Monsanto executives are now in the FDA and USFA. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. FDA chose to disregard strong warning of the FDA scientists and allowed GMOs in our food supply without any health studies or even labeling.
5. GMO foods offer absolutely no benefits to consumers. GMO food does not provide higher yields, is not more drought tolerant than conventional crops, is less nutritious and does not taste better. GMOs are made mainly to make plants herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) so that farmers must use it on their crops and increase Monsanto profits.
6. Overuse of Roundup herbicide has led to increased herbicide use, created super-weeds that require super toxic herbicides and climate destabilizing fertilizer, spreads deadly plant diseases, degrades soil and gets into our waterways.
7. GMOs are not researched or regulated. They are unsafe for humans and our enviroment. GMO crops require more pesticide use and put developing nation farmers out of business.
8. GMO foods are mainly found in conventional soybeans, sugar beets, corn, canola cottonseed and in small amounts of Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, and crook neck squash. The hormone injected into cows is a GMO. The FDA is set to introduce GMO Salmon and other new crops as well as adding pharmaceuticals to plants.
9. Could GMOs be causing the increase in Food Allergies or the ADHA and Autism epidemic seen in children? Might GMOs be the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia? All of these conditions have increased or didn’t exist until GMOs were introduced.
10. Get Educated and get involved. Without your involvement, GMO companies will continue to poison our food. Avoid GMO. For further information or a copy of these facts visit www.labelgmos.org