The introduction of genetically modified (GMO) foods into the American food supply in the mid-1990s is one of the biggest ongoing health experiments the governement has ever conducted, in my opinion, and we are all the unwilling lab rats, if you will. I know this is a strong statement, but I don’t make it lightly. Genetically modified foods are essentially foods where the fundamental DNA (or genes) of the item has been manipulated by scientists at food companies in order to make the item have a more desirable feature than what would be found in nature. This manipulation is beyond strategically cross-breeding different species of plants. I am talking about things like making seeds that are resistant to specific commercial pesticides and corn that will kill insects if they eat it.
Do you really need a large randomized double-blind peer reviewed study to confirm what your common sense tells you? Do you want to eat something that kills bugs upon eating it or that produces its own herbicide?
When it comes to GMO foods, the government is taking a wait and see approach. Since it’s difficult to isolate GMO foods as the only variable contributing to health issues like increased food allergies, behaviorial disorders, and chronic illnesses, the government has decided to consider GMOs generally safe until someone can prove conclusively otherwise. The problem with this approach, much like what we witnessed with tobacco, is that by the time we have decades of data to review, there’s already generations of people that have been critically impacted. Does it make the person diagnosed with terminal lung cancer who started smoking cigarettes back when we were unaware of the health risks feel any better once cigarette packages were required to have warning labels on them? Why do we have to wait for a generation’s health to be destroyed before our government will pre proactive in this regard?
The United States does not require that GMO foods be labelled. Not requiring this labeling is not in the interest of public health. We need to take action and let our local, state, and federal political representatives know that this is not acceptable. Currently, the only way you can try to avoid GMO foods is to look for the voluntary Non-GMO labeling or to buy local, organic food where you can learn the growing practices of your local farmer.
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