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DEMAND THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE EATING
By Cheri Tips
Executive Director, NHF
May 08, 2012
Unfortunately, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are currently in many of our staple foods such as soybeans, corn, and sugar beets. Therefore, the foods you are presently buying at your local grocery store do contain genetically engineered ingredients. A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. The genetic material from one species is taken and then inserted into the permanent genetic code of another. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes.
The safety of humans, animals, and our environment are threatened by this untested manipulation of foods produced for consumption and contaminating our food supply and environment. There have been many studies showing the harm that genetically modified organisms can cause, such as cancer, allergies, impaired DNA function, and accumulated toxins, to humans and animals. Environmentally, it will and has contaminated our pure, non-modified food supply. The U.S. grows the most GMO crops in the World.
“We see the increasing prevalence of GMO crops in North America as the most serious threat to our food security not to mention the ever growing organic food industry. Front Door Organics only sources certified organic products and we're extremely concerned about maintaining the integrity of our organic food supply," said JJ Sheppard, who screens the products FDO carries.
The Puppeteers and Their Agenda
Who are the culprits that want to keep us in the dark concerning GMOs? Can you say Monsanto? And, their evil sisters, Dupont, Dow, and others? They purport that anything containing GMOs are healthy, safe, and do not need labeling. Their silent motto is most probably “Control the food, control the people.” Their prize – unbelievable profits. At this time Monsanto is even suing the State of Vermont because that State has introduced a bill, H-722 (Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act), to fight against non-labeling of GMO foods. It requires any food producer to label anything containing genetically modified ingredients.
Monsanto is not alone against consumers on this issue. We can add to the mix of “bad guys” corporate agribusinesses in general, and the U.S. FDA, in particular, which sides with commercial interests and refuses to stand up for what the people whom they are charged with protecting are demanding. They know consumers will not buy GM foods. Health Canada and the FDA have consistently blocked standards and guidelines at Codex Committees that would mandate labeling of GMO foods. Currently, Codex has compromised on this issue by letting each country decide whether to require its own GMO food labeling. But let’s not forget Congress, which ignores proposed anti-GMO legislation and their own constituents’ desires on the issue. Clearly, Agribusiness lobbyists have gotten to them.
Who Is Fighting Back
Ninety percent of U.S. and Canadian consumers want their food labeled as GMO if it contains biotech food. Europe has fought back against GMOs in their food supply for more than a decade with stringent food rules and regulations. The National Health Federation has been fighting on U.S. and Canadian soil against GMOs for years and internationally at Codex Alimentarius (the World food governing body) meetings for full disclosure to consumers on labels of GMO products. California and Vermont, for their part, are fighting back with their “Right to Know” legislation, with a Statewide California ballot this Fall to vote for their right to GMO labeling.
Our governments will not fight for our rights, so, the playing field is now consumers, environmentalists, and farmers against agribusinesses and their own government.
What Can You Do?
Consumers have the right to be fully informed about the foods and drinks they consume. Demand full disclosure of all food products sold in America. Put pressure on the U.S. FDA to require mandatory labeling domestically and to represent U.S. consumers’ wishes at Codex by correcting FDA’s position and ending its close alignment with industry groups. Visit the NHF website (www.thenhf.com) to send your petitions today! Consumers can win this. The momentum has begun but it is up to you now. Let Agribusiness and our government see our power.
Will You Be Health Freedom's Next Hero?
National Health Federation: Established in 1955, the National Health Federation is a consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements and use alternative therapies without unnecessary government restrictions. The NHF is the only such organization with recognized observer-delegate status at Codex meetings.
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