Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human, animal and environmental health — but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.
“Genetic modification” refers to the manipulation of DNA by humans to change the essential makeup of plants and animals. The technology inserts genetic material from one species into another to give a crop or animal a new quality, such as the ability to produce a pesticide. These DNA transfers could never occur in nature and are not as precise as proponents make them sound. To learn about the many dangers of GMO foods, check out the info-packed article The Threats from Genetically Modified Foods.
Right now, there’s a fight raging in California over the issue of whether GMO foods should be labeled. Many consumers across the country have been demanding such a label for years, and Proposition 37, which is on the ballot this November, could finally make that a reality.
The Organic Consumers Association had this to say about the debate: “In the food sector, we cannot continue to hand over 90 percent of our consumer dollars to out-of-control, biotech, chemical-intensive, energy-intensive, greenhouse gas polluting corporations and ‘profit at any cost’ retail chains. The growth of the Organic Alternative is literally a matter of survival. After two decades of biotech bullying and force-feeding unlabeled and hazardous genetically engineered foods to animals and humans, it’s time to move beyond defensive measures — such as petitioning the FDA — and go on the offensive.”
Find out more about the California ballot initiative by reading An Open Letter to the Organic Community: The California Ballot Initiative to Label GMOs and Corporate Ag Spending Millions of Dollars to Fight GM Food Labeling.
Learn more about this issue:
- Labeling Genetically Modified Foods: Our Right to Know
- GMO Health Risks
- Genetically Modified Corn — Safe or Toxic?
- Non-Genetically Engineered Crops May be Vulnerable to Contamination
Related Care2 Posts:
- How to Win a GMO Debate: 10 Facts Why GM Food is Bad
- You Have the Right to Know about GMOs
- Proposition 37 to Enforce GMO Labeling
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