If you’re not familiar with the term GMO, it refers to genetically modified organism. A GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.
Our food supply has been genetically modified for a number of years now. Numerous scientific studies have been conducted showing how harmful GMOs are for our health. To me, it’s just common sense. I mean, think about it. Genetically modifying our food in some lab? Just so it’s cheaper for the food producer? We’re not designed to consume food created in a lab. Common sense says that we need to be very careful when tampering with Mother Nature like that.
The good news is that there is finally some progress in the war against GMOs. An effort was recently announced in California that would put an initiative on the ballot to REQUIRE the labeling of GMOs in foods. Many experts believe this would be the end of GMOs. Hallelujah!
Following are some highlights of the ballot initiative and the use of GMOs in general:
- The measure does not ban GMOs. It simply mandates labeling, which will allow consumers to decide whether or not they want to buy a food with genetically engineered ingredients.
- According to one statistic, 75% of all non-organic processed foods contain GMOs.
- Polls suggest that up to 95% of Americans want to know which foods contain GMOs.
- The GMO industry will fight this ballot initiative HARD. It is a question of their survival.
They make claims such as “GMOs are necessary to feed the world” or “genetically engineered crops are perfectly safe.” Both of these statements are patently false.
- If you live in California, please sign a petition to put this initiative on the ballot. 700,000 signatures are needed. That’s a lot. Go to www.OrganicConsumers.org and click on the “Millions Against Monsanto” campaign to see how you can help.
Some fantastic companies and organizations have come up with substantial funding to help make sure this initiative makes the ballot. I’d like to recognize:
- Dr. Bronner’s – $1,000,000
- Mercola.com – $500,00
- Nature’s Path – $500,000
- Organic Consumers Association – $250,00
There are other contributors, and I thank every person and business who is helping move this forward. I’m sorry I don’t have a complete list. If you are aware of other contributors, please write in and let me know.
And please: do whatever you can to help ensure that this initiative appears on the ballot. It’s going to take all of us to defeat GMOs. Hey, if Monsanto is so concerned just about labeling, there’s gotta be something wrong…