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GMO Labeling: Why Doesn’t Monsanto Want Us to Know What’s in Our Food?

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.

Label GMOs in Texas

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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.

By the way, don’t look to the federal government for help. Last year a congressional panel decided that Americans are too stupid to have GMO labels (no, I’m not making that up! Check it out!).

Truth in labeling. It’s the right thing to do.

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  • Cherie, this is a significant topic in the food industry – whether the labeling aspect, or the end result.

    The cost of labeling has always been an element. But like you say, at this point the labeling is already out there for so many other aspects of food. And this is such a significant change in potential impact. Genetic modification may have no negative health impacts…but that remains to be tested. And as you also indicate, the multinational corporations controlling so much of our food supply, gives us little control over our food choices.

    I do see some benefits in pesticides and potentially GMOs in order to create opportunities for countries outside the U.S. who have less than reliable agriculture methods, to be able to create consistent food crops. And avoid the perpetual famines that seem to exist in the 3rd world countries.

    But what is the right method? And can sustainability come from avoiding pesticides and GMOs. And which of the two would be better for our health?

    As you recognize, this is a complex topic. And often an uphill battle. Where the U.S. Government and the Multinational Corporations often seem to conspire against the best interests of consumers. While lining their pockets without care for their customers.

    Keep up the good fight.

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