If you’ve been keeping up with the news you might not be surprised to find out that most processed foods are loaded with a great number of artificial food colorings, flavors, preservatives, and other additives and are having a detrimental impact on your health. As it stands, by consuming highly processed foods frequently you are exposing yourself, and your family to cancer-causing toxins at every meal. But there is a different, even more insidious hazard lurking in plain view in the grocery stores, unlabeled, and without our knowledge or consent.
Surprisingly, so much of what we eat every day looks exactly like it did two decades ago, and yet it is so different… In the mid-1990’s, scientists breached species barriers set up by nature and carefully selected and crossbred new food proteins. After only a few months of tests on lab animals, they were introduced to our food supply. NO human trials were ever conducted prior to their release to confirm whether or not these genetically engineered proteins were actually safe for animal and human consumption. One of the first foods to be subjected to this change was cow’s milk, which “happens” to be the number one food allergen in the US.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, an alternative physician practicing in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, “there’s evidence that even if you don’t have food allergy symptoms, genetically modified foods are NOT entirely compatible with human biology, and long term, anything could happen… Therefore, avoiding GM foods should be on everyone’s list, whether you have food sensitivities or not.“ Furthermore, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has urged physicians to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients, citing animal studies that show how GMO food consumption can cause vital organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system problems, promote aging, infertility, and dysfunctional regulation of insulin and cholesterol. Sadly, few physicians are paying attention and following this advice…
Our Genetically Engineered (GE) Food Labeling Regulations color-coded map above, details the powerful, growing presence of laws requiring GE labeling in consumer food products around the world. According to Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy group, global food policy research shows that over 60 countries, including member nations of the European Union, Russia, China, Brazil, Australia, Turkey and South Africa require mandatory labeling of GE foods.
While it is encouraging to see the growing number of nations that have embraced labeling, it’s also frustrating and offensive that Americans are repetitively denied the information about the origin of their food, information that people in India, Kenya and Saudi Arabia receive.
The United States, Canada and a few remaining third world countries have however, fully embraced GM foods on a regulatory level, and do not appear to have any intentions of following the precautionary principle to protect us, the consumers, by providing open, accurate information and acknowledge our basic human right to know what we put in our bodies and where it came from.
So if you live in one of these countries, you and your loved ones have most certainly already been exposed to GM foods – most likely plenty of them and enough to start affecting your health.
If GE foods would be good for us, how come companies are not proud to market them as such? But when food manufacturers and elected officials don’t want to put the ingredient facts on product labels, you can bet something is very wrong!
Polls conducted by media and consumer protection groups are consistently showing that up to 90% of Americans are in favor of labeling GE foods however, pro-GE corporations spend tens of millions of dollars a year to lobby the US federal government making GE labeling unsuccessful to-date. As GMO crops quickly take over the landscapes in the United States and Canada, twenty states have considered bills requiring labeling for prohibiting certain GE food, but only a handful of them were somewhat successful:
- Alaska is the only state so far, to pass a law requiring labeling of genetically modified salmon, in order to protect its last remaining wild Atlantic salmon stocks
- Mendocino County, one of California’s wine counties, was the first jurisdiction in the US to ban the cultivation, production or distribution of GMOs
- In an effort to protect the local economy and environment Trinity County, California became the second county to successfully ban GM crops and animals
- Marin County, California, passed a law that prohibits the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) within the county’s land.
Over a decade ago, Europe was able to ban GMOs without any government assistance. Educating the consumers was the key to their success, and that put enough heat on the food industry to drop their ploys. A survey made by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) revealed that as a response to the consumer fears, major US companies like Kellogg, Coke, Pepsi, Kraft, Heinz and others have added their names to the Growing List of Companies Going GE-Free. Nevertheless, this is not the case for the same products they sell in US.
Remember, you as a consumer are still at the top of the food chain. Looking for the USDA certified organic label and the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on your purchases will help you vote with your dollars to support voluntary labeling of GMO products and keep GMO ingredients off your dinner table. Nevertheless, if you can’t buy organic, at least buy non-GMO!
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