The Real Truth About Why the US is Not Legislating the Labeling of GMO Products
The big guys like Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are the companies running our industrialized food economy and they fight tooth and nail by using their money and large lobbyist groups to avoid labeling our foods which would tell us what foods are genetically engineered. Genetically modified foods are labeled in more than 60 countries including France, China, Germany and the U.K., and their citizens know exactly what they are buying when they purchase their foods. The United States and Canada do not require labeling of Genetically Engineered foods. In 50 countries there are significant restrictions or outright bans on GMOs. Much of the World already requires labeling of Genetically Engineered foods. 61 Countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label Genetically Engineered foods, including the entire European Union. China labels Genetically Engineered foods. What do these countries know that we don’t?
Fact: GMO’s have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated. We have a Right to Know What’s in our Food!!!
Currently, we eat Genetically Engineered food, but don’t know it. A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is “transgenics,” and is also often referred to as (GE) Genetically Engineered. Example: Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide, but is sold unlabeled. [EPA Pesticides] http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/biopesticids/pips/index.htm
Cost of GMO Food Labeling
Big Biotech loves to claim that GMO labels on food would be costly and drive up the price of food for consumers. But Joanna Shepherd-Bailey, PhD, and renowned tenured law professor from Emory, has issued a report that shows that GMO labeling would likely result in no increase in consumer costs at all.
We as citizens need to ban together and force, using our votes, Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enact legislation forcing those involved in mass producing items in our food chain to tell us consumers what is in the food we are eating.