How many of you reading this post realize what kinds of food are genetically modified? Rice, soybeans, sugar cane, tomatoes, corn, sweet corn, and canola are just some of the foods that are genetically modified; to see the complete list click on this link. The three biggest GM foods corn, soybeans and canola can be found in most grocery items at your local supermarket. If you don’t believe me try reading the ingredients list on the back of a common food item you buy at the store. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that they consume some type of GM food each and every day. For those of us who are conscious shoppers and read labels to avoid certain ingredients like aspartame or MSG avoiding GM foods isn’t as simple. Buying strictly organic isn’t even a guarantee to completely avoid GM food since organic food can contain up to 5% GMOs by law.
“If people let government decide what foods they eat, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
In a recent poll from the New York Times Opinion Pages 89% of the people questioned stated they wanted products with GMOs in them to be labeled. If so many Americans want GM foods to be labeled then why are food producers and regulators fighting to keep this from happening? Easy, they understand the concept of buyer choice and the power the consumers have to affect profits. If food was properly labeled with the GM ingredients it contained most Americans would be able to make an informed choice and probably avoid those items altogether. Profits would decline and company executives would suffer if we consumers chose not to put GMOs into our bodies. I know I must be heartless to even consider taking money from millionaires for the sake of my health. I just watched this documentary called “Poison on the Platter” and found out some alarming information when it comes to the United States, compared to other countries, stance on GM food. Please take a moment to watch the videos below and visit the links I have provided to become more aware of the GM food crisis.
I would like to add this additional link I came across after I wrote this post.