Today an article I wrote appeared in Meridian Magazine, regarding California’s upcoming vote on Proposition 37, requiring foods to be labeled if they contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is NOT the same stuff as grafting or selective breeding techniques, as you can discover if you explore this subject in greater detail. However, the importance of this bill passing cannot be overstated. It is interesting to note that Monsanto and other companies (that make their money producing pesticides and insecticides, as well as GMO seeds) are pouring over $1 million per DAY into trying to convince voters not to pass the bill. Here’s the full text of my article:
Ten Top Reasons Why Food with GMO Ingredients Should Be So Labeled
By Stan Gardner, M.D., Certified Nutrition Specialist
This article is time sensitive, because voting is just around the corner.
As California goes, so goes the nation. In a few short days, California will be voting on Proposition 37, which requires retail food items made with, or containing, genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs) to be so labeled. Monsanto and other companies that manufacture genetically modified seeds (and sue farmers who wish to grow their crops organically) have poured millions of dollars into defeating Proposition 37. One has to ask, if genetically modified foods are safe, why it is such a big deal to label them?
Here are ten top reasons why those of you in California should vote for Proposition 37:
1. GMOs contain foreign genes for which the harmful side-effects are largely unknown. This is much different than selective breeding or hybridization.
2. We have a right to know what is in the food on the store shelf. The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 recommended food labeling, while the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 required ingredient labeling of food. If GMO food is so good for you, why do Monsanto and the corporate food industry put millions of dollars behind fighting this label?
3. There has never been a single long-term safety study conducted on any GMO. Animal studies have shown that GMOs cause sterility within three generations. Recent rat studies show enormous tumors on rats fed with GMO. For more information about these studies, please see the bottom of this article.
4. GM crops are not the same as their non-GMO counterparts, both nutritionally and compositionally.
5. Early short-term studies in animals showed significant allergy problems, which you would expect with the introduction of foreign proteins in the body. Could this be contributing to the marked rise in allergies and other immune disorders since their introduction 20 years ago?
6. Monsanto has assured the public of the safety of the GMO food experiment on the American public, even against the recommendations of its own scientists. In the past, Monsanto also assured us of the public safety of DDT and Agent Orange as household items, both of which were produced by Monsanto with devastating results.
7. GMO labeling has nothing to do with excessive government intervention and regulation, and everything to do with promoting honesty and transparency.
8. More than 90 percent of Americans in numerous surveys have indicated they support mandatory GMO labeling.
9. GMO corn (Bt corn) contains its own pesticide inside the plant that cannot be washed off before consumption. Perhaps this is why cows fed Bt corn are dying, while it induces spontaneous abortion in lab rats.
10. Pesticide use has markedly increased with the introduction of GMO crops which are resistant to the specific brand, Roundup, sold the by same company that sold them the GMO seeds in the first place, Monsanto.
Much of the above information is taken from the blog Fooducate.com, compiled by Hemi Weingarten. The above list is why labeling should exist. It does not take into account other problems that have emerged, such as:
1. Recent emergence of “superweeds” which are herbicide resistant, which at the present time have no known solutions.
2. Cross-pollination of GMO corn on one side of the highway with non-GMO corn on the other side is well documented. The time may come when there will be very little non-GMO corn that hasn’t been contaminated, even though the seeds were non-GMO.
3. Most countries in Europe do not allow GMO crops. A recent study completed in France elucidates the dangers of GMO, below.
Further information can be obtained through the Institute for Responsible Technology. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute, has written many books, including Seeds of Deception, which is scientifically based.
Dear Healthy Thinkers in California, before voting, please take time to review all of the implications of this Proposition, and vote yes on Proposition 37.
“Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study” wrote The Grocery, a popular UK publication. (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/topics/technology-and-supply-chain/monsant…)
It reported, “Scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts, developed mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females.”
The Daily Mail reported, “Fresh row over GM foods as French study claims rats fed the controversial crops suffered tumors.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2205509/Fresh-fears-GM…)
It goes on to say: “The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.”
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037249_GMO_study_cancer_tumors_organ_damage.html#ixzz2AnKqLZB3