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Why is GMO Labeling Important?
First, let’s see what we know about GMO. Watch this film called Seeds of Death.
What are GMOs?
A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called “genetically engineered”) is a plant, animal or microorganism (eg, bacteria) that is created by means that overcome natural boundaries. Genetic engineering involves crossing species that could not cross in nature. For example, genes from a fish have been inserted into strawberries and tomatoes. While the Food and Drug Administration insists that foods produced by genetic engineering are the same as foods from traditional breeding, their own scientists reported that, “the processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different and… they lead to different risks.” (Source: Discovery documents from the lawsuit against the FDA, Alliance for Bio-Integrity et al v. Shalala, May 1998. Center for Food Safety, 666 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 202-547-9359.)
Source: Waiter, There is a Fish in my Tomato – Green Divas
Amount of GMO’s affect us the same way
An independent long term study of GMO foods in rats were done and the finding is as follows:
In The study had three groups of rats in addition to the control, rats were fed GMOs, rats fed GMOs and given water with round up (in levels currently permitted in drinking water for humans), and rats just given round up water but non-GMO food.
- 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.
- 24 months into the study, 50-80% of the female rats had developed tumors, compared to only 30% of the control animals.
- The quantity of the GM feed or Round Up water given to the animals did not matter. Rats given small doses of GM food responded just as horrifically as rats given large doses of GM food compared to the control group.
Source: Everything You Want to Know About GMOs but Were Afraid To Ask – Creative Green Living
Note: This study has been retracted by the scientific journal that originally published it for being ‘inconclusive’. However, that retraction came only after they hired a new editor, a former Monsanto employee, according to GreenMedInfo. And then, in June 2014, it was republished after over 300 scientists condemned the retraction. See the study republished paper here.
Here are some images from the study.
Examples of female mammary tumors observed. Mammary tumors are evidenced (A, D, H, representative adenocarcinoma, from the same rat in a GMO group) and in Roundup and GMO + Roundup groups, two representative rats (B, C, E, F, I, J fibroadenomas) are compared to controls. A normal representative rat in controls is not shown, only a minority of them having tumors up to 700 days, in contrast with the majority affected in all treated groups. (G) The histological control.
Séralini et al. Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:14 doi:10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5
Aren’t GMO’s just hybrid plants?
Most people think that GMO’s are basically a cross pollinated plant or a hybrid. Several people say it is ok to grow an ear of corn that is a little taller or grows a little faster BUT they are assuming that the corn in question is still genetically corn. GMO’s are a step beyond hybrid seeds they are truly frankenfood. GMO seeds take normal plant DNA and insert the DNA of an insect, fish, or bacteria to make a new seed. Since the DNA of a seed is changed it is easy with the right scientific equipment to know if the food is genetically modified.
How much GMO’s are really in our food supply anyway?
As of 2013, roughly 85% of corn, 91% of soybeans, and 88% of cotton produced in the United States are genetically modified. Corn is in a vast majority of our processed foods: sodas use high fructose corn syrup and many other processed food have it because it does not go bad as quickly as other ingredients.
We need GMO’s to feed starving people around the world? or GMO’s will save us from world hunger?
This is an incredible misconception that is commonly used in the GMO debate. Besides the fact the GMO crops may have serious health effect on humans who consume it, many GMO crops actually damage the land more than regular non-GMO crops. Many agriculture experts say that world hunger solutions would be better solved with improved farming practices and organic farming. It is also important to note that GMO ‘s are banned in over 60 countries so that also hampers the ability to solve world hunger when many countries will not consume the fruits of those crops. Lets be honest, GMO’s were first developed to allow farmers to spray more insecticide on crops and increase production for higher profits.
Source: What Most People Do Not Understand About GMO’s – Green For U
GMO and Feeding the World
GD Meg: What do you say to those that argue that Monsanto’s GE (genetically engineered) seeds and ultimately GMO food is the only way to feed the world’s growing population?
Mariel Hemingway: If food is not safe or healthy, I don’t think we are doing anyone a favor by giving it to them to eat.
Source: Mariel Hemingway on GMOs and Why We Need to Stop Monsanto – Green Divas
Countries that label GE foods
So, do you think we should label GMO foods?