The debate over GMO foods rages on, and for good reason. Many, including all of us here at Holistic Health Expert, believe that GMO foods pose a serious risk to our health. GMO labeling, in particular, is a hot topic, and it’s a very important one. Read on to find out how we feel about this vigorously debated issue.
Monsanto, a giant publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, is the primary force pushing the widespread use of genetically modified foods. These are the folks who also pioneered the toxic herbicide glyphosate, better known as Roundup.
Monsanto, of course, wants us to believe that GMOs are safe. They have a major financial stake in this technology and only stand to profit from the widespread use of genetically modified organisms.
Monsanto has also dumped millions of dollars into fighting numerous GMO labeling initiatives that have popped up across the country, many of which are grassroots campaigns, such as the one still gaining momentum in Texas.
What exactly is a GMO, anyway? Well, according to the Institute for Responsible Technology:
“A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.”
To me, right off the bat, this sounds scary. Frankenfood? Really? No, thanks. Not for me, anyway. There are SO many reasons to avoid GMOs, and writing up a comprehensive list isn’t the purpose of this article. However, if you want to learn more about the health and other problems created by the use of genetically modified organisms, there is an abundance of information available online. Mercola.com will give you a great start, and for some very detailed and easily understandable information about GMOs, please check out the Institute for Responsible Technology’s education page.
Whether you agree with my point of view on the health hazards of GMOs or not, shouldn’t people have a choice as to whether or not they buy foods produced with GMOs? This is America, after all, and we are supposedly in an age of “transparency” (yeah, ok, that’s another topic!). If GMOs are perfectly safe and they’re all the great things that Monsanto claims them to be, why not simply label packages? Why spend millions of dollars defeating state ballot initiatives all over the country? That makes no sense to me.
Some contend that it will cost the food industry millions to add GMO labeling to products. I’ve seen no evidence of this great expense. Plus, if Monsanto can funnel multi-millions into fighting labeling campaigns nationwide, why can’t it instead divert these funds into the actual labeling process?
Products are required by law to list ingredients. Organic products are required to bear a very specific logo and comply with strict standards. There are a number of other labeling regulations at the national level and some at the state level. If we have the right to know all of these things, we certainly have a right to know if what we are buying, what we are putting into our bodies, contains genetically modified organisms.
So, again: Monsanto, if these products are SO SAFE, why are you so against GMO labeling? It’s a simple right-to-know issue. And if what you say is true, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Right?
Bottom line: support GMO labeling. We all have the right to know what’s in our food. Support initiatives in your home state, and please support grassroots campaigns like the one in Texas.
Truth in labeling. It’s the right thing to do.