@Ninaanakar I agree that we need to know what is in our food. And I definitely do not like feeding our people poison. I would love if all food was farmed organically. However, I worry about the costs. Most foods we eat are GMO. Therefore all of the food producers would have higher costs to produce the same food, and although it would be labeled, we would all still have to eat that food. Or grow our own. Low income families cannot afford to shop organic, and they cannot afford GMO food prices to increase. I fear the alternative will be more expensive food, with people still eating unhealthy. I also fear that if food prices rise, more families will be pushed into poverty. This is why people need to return to a more traditional lifestyle in regards to food. People should be growing their own food, living off the land. Unfortunately we will in a society that doesn’t grow their own food if they can, and most people don’t live in a place where they are even able to grow their own food. Its a difficult problem to conquer. Maybe we should work to ban the pesticides, chemicals, and GMO’s rather than just label them? What are your thoughts?
The majority of non-organic processed foods on the grocery store shelf that contain either corn or soy products contain GMOs. Here are some charts from the USDA showing the increase in genetically engineered crops in the past 10 years: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us/recent-trends-in-ge-adoption.aspx#.Ud8RR47Dmwo
These pesticides impact both the environment and human health. As weeds and insect pests adapt and evolve and learn to evolutionarily outsmart the pesticides used with or in GE crops, farmers are using more toxic pesticides to combat these pests.
How are we supposed to make informed choices about our food if it is not labeled for what it really is?
In regards to the FDA’s role here, is this careless or calculated?
GMOs are so prominent in various sectors of agriculture (staple grains, corn, etc) that it’s pretty much safe to assume that any food of that nature without some sort of organic label is probably a GMO or contains GMO elements. Although technically even organic food could be GMO (I think)
the problem is deep, because the agricultural business and its government overseers condone GMOs and even promote their use. also, the government subsidizes overproduction of products like corn that, in turn, are modified to create other processed foods and sold cheap to meat industries. (that leads to other problems, because cows should eat grass, not corn). not to mention, this is subsidized by your tax dollars!
the food industry is incredibly powerful and it would be difficult to pass this sort of measure and get all GMOs labeled, and even more difficult to put it into action…if you are looking to avoid GMOs then you are going to have to do some detective work on nearly every product that you buy (for now). it really isn’t fair to the consumer, but in order to decrease the prominence of GMOs, I would say that the entire food industry needs to be reconstructed. but there is always hope! the more that people go out of their way buy non-GMO products, and as awareness is raised, the market will have to change to fit the popular demand.
@ninaanakar Well there are two prevailing thoughts with concern to your last comment about the FDA doing their jobs. One is that the FDA is being essentially bribed by certain food and pesticide companies to ignore this, the documentary Food Inc. alludes to this, and the other is that FDA doesn’t view GMO’s as a problem. What do you think?
This is taken from a Forbes article: Every major international science body in the world has reviewed multiple independent studies—in some cases numbering in the hundreds—in coming to the consensus conclusion that GMO crops are as safe or safer than conventional or organic foods. But until now, the magnitude of the research on crop biotechnology has never been cataloged. In response to what they believed was an information gap, a team of Italian scientists summarized 1783 studies about the safety and environmental impacts of GMO foods—a staggering number.
The researchers couldn’t find a single credible example demonstrating that GM foods pose any harm to humans or animals. “The scientific research conducted so far has not detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use of genetically engineered crops,” the scientists concluded.
I will never believe any research saying that GMO’s are not dangerous, if it were there would be no incentive NOT to label as it would be a selling point. We need the right to choose and we need like so many other countries at the very least to have the ability to tell the difference.
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