What did you have for lunch today? Did it come with a GMO free label on it? If it wasn’t organic and wasn’t labeled GMO-free, there’s a 90 percent chance (possibly even higher) that your lunch contained genetically modified organisms without your knowledge. This means the delicious sandwich you just ate could have had mouse DNA in it or the corn chips you munched on perhaps carcinogenic compounds (cancer causing agents). Yum, sounds delicious doesn’t it?!
This Saturday, the 25th of May, your friends, brothers, sisters, neighbors and families will be marching A G A I N S T Monsanto to advocate for food freedom here in the United States. You can still get involved by visiting March Against Monsanto’s website to RSVP for your local event and find out location and march details.
Why Advocate For Food Freedom?
- Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
- In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products.
- Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
- For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
- Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population.
-these five points were originally blogged by Emilie Rensink at March Against Monsanto’s website.
If you’re unable to march or want to be involved in other ways- it’s easy:
- Donate or raise money for the cause… which is always directly contributed to research and organizing advocacy and education campaigns.
- Donate directly by purchasing organic. Know your labels.
- Grow food from certified organic seeds only. If you’re growing food and it didn’t come from organic seeds, you have no way of knowing whether or not it was genetically modified… and it likely was. Never use products such as Roundup (has been confirmed to cause birth defects in studies) or other harmful, synthetic, carcinogenic sprays on your plants or soil.
- Write to the companies you love and ask them to protect your food supply and boycott the use of GMOs in their products.
What you eat should be your choice, not somebody else’s. Whether or not you eat GMO ingredients is your business, but at least help protect everyone’s right to choose. Otherwise, we’re playing with poison, literally. By allowing Monsanto to produce genetically modified seeds, spray carcinogenic compounds in the air, on crops and the soil and sell these products to food manufacturers without YOUR knowledge, you basically just throw your freedom in the toilet. Like so many other things, there’s nowhere near enough research to support their safety and piles to show their direct negative impacts in our bodies, our soil, our water and in our air. Don’t let GMO supporters choke out our life force. There are no independent long term third party studies that show feeding genetically modified foods to mammals has no side effects. None… Donate, buy organic, march… Get involved.
Are you just beginning to learn about how to avoid GMOs in your food?
Here’s a handy list of the most common foods.
The Non-GMO Project is an evidence-based organization delivering education and exploring alternative, safer routes to mass growing of food.
These companies support the labeling of GMO foods.
Top ten food conglomerates that do not support your freedom and donated substantial funding to block labeling. You might be surprised to read:
• PepsiCo (Donated $2.5M): Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic
• Kraft (Donated $2M): Boca Burgers and Back to Nature
• Safeway (Donated $2M):”O” Organics
• Coca-Cola (Donated $1.7M): Honest Tea, Odwalla
• General Mills (Donated $1.2M): Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar
• Con-Agra (Donated $1.2M): Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife, Alexia
• Kellogg’s (Donated $791k): Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger
• Smuckers (Donated $555k): R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic
• Unilever (Donated $467k): Ben & Jerry’s
• Dean Foods (Donated $254k): Horizon, Silk, White Wave