As consumers become more health conscious and knowledgeable about what they are eating and where it comes from, more are demanding to know if the food they eat contains GMOs. That's resulting in both national and state-specific movements.
Roughly 37 states are proposing that food labels contain whether the product contains GMOs, according to Right to Know GMO - A Coalition of States, which of course are meeting resistance from companies like Monsanto (MON_), DuPont (DD_) and others that create GMO seeds for large commercial crop growing. Many countries already have similar labeling.
We've already seen smaller natural foods and specialized companies move to taking out foods sourced from GMOs from their products - Popcorn Indiana's Fit Popcorn, Trader Joes' health and beauty products and Clif Bars, for instance, but it's notable when a large company moves to making food without GMOs, given that sourcing actual food products not made from GMOs is easier said than done. (The working percentage of corn seeds that are from GMOs, for example, is about 90%.)
"If we continue to think that the fight against Monsanto is only about GMO's, we have already lost." ~ KLD
On October 2, 2013,COVVHA President and Co-Founder,Kelly L. Derricks, attended VVA's national Town Hall Meeting Held at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The video below is Kelly's 5 minute family panel speech. The evening panel video with Kelly will be released next week. Kelly also serves as March Against Monsanto's Agent Orange Education Director.
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The cornerstone of our capitalist market, for better or worse, is consumer choice. And choice is meaningless if consumers are not able to make informed decisions. The debate over genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.’s) used in our foods has been long and controversial with those decrying “frankenfood” railing against those portraying the process as the savior from food shortages and high food prices.
The battle over labeling these foods has been gaining significant traction in recent weeks, with states like Colorado putting labeling initiatives on their ballots for the upcoming elections.
Russia is firm: no genetically modified organisms in food production, the head of Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture Nikolay Fyodorov stated at the All-Russian Meeting of Agrarians. GMO-foods controversies between scientists, ecologists and producers have a long history. Russia, which is now going organic, has faced these problems just recently.
The battle is being waged by two camps: while scientists lack arguments and evidence that GMO is harmful, huge and powerful production corporation have resources and political links. Scientists say they will need another couple of decades for a comprehensive research, but some threats are obvious already now, says Biology Professor and international expert on eco and food safety Dr. Irina Ermakova:
"These organisms are all dangerous because the very technology of their production is far from being perfect – it features pathogenic bacteria and viruses. When scientists tested the aftermath of GMO-produce on animals, they were horrified with the results – cancer and obesity. So the best things would be to ban such foods at all, as European countries do".
This blog is part of a series that explores the themes and issues raised in Farmed and Dangerous, a 4-part satirical web series exploring issues related to the food system and industrial agriculture.
Why are thousands of physicians advising patients to avoid eating GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)  and how did these high-risk foods get onto the market in the first place? The answers are disturbing, even shocking, but may help you get healthy and stay healthy.
Foods with added bacterial or viral genes were quietly slipped into your diet two decades ago. Using the excuse that GMOs weren't that much different, the FDA didn't require labels or even a single safety study from GMO makers like Monsanto. But a lawsuit forced the agency to release their files and the truth finally came out.
FDA scientists repeatedly warned that GMOs could create allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems, and that rigorous safety testing was needed. But the White House had instructed the FDA to promote biotechnology, and Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney, was put in charge of FDA policy. (Taylor later became Monsanto's chief lobbyist, and has returned to FDA as US Food Czar.)
Can you trust Monsanto with your family's health? That company that told us that Agent Orange, DDT and PCBs were safe.
On his show Thursday, February 13, Oz will explain what a GMO is, why GMOs increase the amount of pesticide on your food and the tricks to avoiding GMOs in your family’s food. He will be joined by expert Scott Farber of the Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization. Together they will reveal:
The percentage of foods in your supermarket made with GMOs
Why GMOs have led to increased use of pesticides – nearly one hundred million pounds of pesticides a year!
The food industry’s fight to stop GMO food labels
Why the food industry says labeling GMO foods will increase the cost of food
Scott’s tips to avoid GMO foods in the grocery store
Why paying attention to the PLU sticker on your produce may offer GMO clues
Founder of AltHealthWORKS, Nick Meyer states: "Dr. Oz has been known to "flip flop" at times on issues like whether organic is worth the money and vaccine safety, but overall he has brought some important issues to the mainstream"